National Prosecutors Survey [Census], 2007 (ICPSR 33202)

Alternate Title:   National Census of State Court Prosecutors, 2007

Principal Investigator(s): 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 jurisdiction. 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.

Series: National Prosecutors Survey Series

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


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.

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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

Subject Terms:    attorneys, case processing, criminal investigations, district attorneys, DNA fingerprinting, evidence, felony courts, felony offenses, juvenile courts, personnel, plea negotiations, policies and procedures, prosecuting attorneys, prosecution, sentencing, state courts, training, treatment programs, trial procedures, victim services

Smallest Geographic Unit:    county

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2007-01-01--2007-12-31

Unit of Observation:    district prosecutor office

Universe:    Prosecutorial districts in the United States, usually consisting entirely of one county.

Data Type(s):    census/enumeration data, survey data


Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Mode of Data Collection:    mail questionnaire, web-based survey

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

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