Census of State Felony Courts, 1985: [United States] (ICPSR 8667)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics


The purpose of this study was to provide a current listing of all felony courts in this country and to provide a universe from which a sample of courts could be selected based on felony caseload. The study includes information on all state felony courts in the United States, including the number of cases filed and disposed by conviction, acquittal, dismissal, or other means. Court administrators were asked to indicate the manner in which cases filed and disposed were counted, such as by defendant, charge, or indictment information. The total number of cases disposed during the period was also collected for juvenile delinquents and for traffic offenses (moving violations) where applicable. Finally, data were gathered on whether felonies reduced to misdemeanors were included in the felony count and whether lower courts in the jurisdiction accepted guilty pleas to felonies.

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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. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Census of State Felony Courts, 1985: [United States]. ICPSR08667-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08667.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08667.v2

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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:    convictions (law), court cases, court system, criminal justice system, juvenile delinquency, states (USA)

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1985

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986

Universe:    All general jurisdiction courts in the United States.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

Conducted by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census


Data Source:

(1) self-enumerated forms, (2) computer printouts containing caseload data, and (3) annual state reports


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-06-01

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