Alternate Title: National Census of State Court Prosecutors, 2007
United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
The 2007 Census of State Court Prosecutors marked
the second BJS survey of all prosecutors' offices in the
United States. The first census, conducted in 2001,
included the 2,341 offices in operation at that time.
The second census included the 2,330 state court
prosecutors' offices operating in 2007. Neither census
included offices of municipal attorneys or county
attorneys, who primarily operate in courts of limited
State court prosecutors serve in the executive
branch of state governments and handle felony
cases in state courts of general jurisdiction. By law,
these prosecutors are afforded broad discretion in
determining who is charged with an offense and
whether a case goes to trial. The chief prosecutor, also
referred to as the district attorney, county attorney,
commonwealth attorney, or state's attorney, represents
the state in criminal cases and is answerable to the
public as an elected or appointed public official.
The Office of the United States Attorney for the
District of Columbia is the only federal prosecutor
included in the census. This unique office is
responsible for prosecution of serious local crimes
committed in the District and also for prosecution of
federal cases, whether criminal or civil.
National Prosecutors Survey Series
United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. National Prosecutors Survey [Census], 2007. ICPSR33202-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-05-14. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33202.v1
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33202.v1
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This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Scope of Study
policies and procedures,
Smallest Geographic Unit:
Unit of Observation:
district prosecutor office
Prosecutorial districts in the United States, usually
consisting entirely of one county.
Mode of Data Collection:
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of
disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major
statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to
these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
Standardized missing values.
Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 2012-05-14
Perry, Steven W.,
Compendium of Tribal Crime Data, 2011
United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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