American Bar Foundation: State Criminal Court Cases, 1962 (ICPSR 7272)

Principal Investigator(s): Silverstein, Lee; Nagel, Stuart S.


This study presents data about criminal court cases in the 50 states and District of Columbia in 1962. Variables include state and county of trial, case processing, offense charged, sentence, type of counsel, amount of bail, length of time in jail, and other aspects related to the disposition of the cases. Demographic information on the defendant is provided, such as age group, sex, race, and years of school completed.

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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


Silverstein, Lee, and Stuart S. Nagel. AMERICAN BAR FOUNDATION: STATE CRIMINAL COURT CASES, 1962. ICPSR version. Urbana-Champaign, IL: Stuart S. Nagel, University of Illinois, Dept. of Political Science [producer], 1965. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    American Bar Foundation, arrest procedures, arrests, bail, courtroom proceedings, criminal courts, defendants, defense counsel, imprisonment, legal representation, legal systems, offenses, sentencing, trial procedures, trials, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1962

Date of Collection:   

  • 1963--1964

Universe:    Criminal court cases in the 50 states and the District of Columbia in 1962.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:    A sample of cases from 194 counties was selected and weighted to yield a national cross-section of cases.

Data Source:

criminal court records

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

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