Mandatory Drug Offender Processing Data, 1987: New York (ICPSR 9565)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Assistance, and Criminal Justice Statistics Association


The National Consortium for Assessing Drug Control Initiatives, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and coordinated by the Criminal Justice Statistics Association, collected drug offender processing data from the state of New York. The purpose of the project was to track adult drug offenders from the point of entry into the criminal justice system (typically by arrest) through final court disposition, regardless of whether the offender was released without trial, acquitted, or convicted. These data allow researchers to examine how the criminal justice system processes drug offenders, to measure the changing volume of drug offenders moving through the different segments of the criminal justice system, to calculate processing time intervals between major decision-making events, and to assess the changing structure of the drug offender population. For purposes of this project, a drug offender was defined as any person who had been charged with a felony drug offense. The data are structured into six segments pertaining to (1) record identification, (2) the offender (date of birth, sex, race, and ethnic origin), (3) arrest information (date of arrest, age at arrest, arrest charge code), (4) prosecution information (filed offense code and level, prosecution disposition and date), (5) court disposition information (disposition offense and level, court disposition, final disposition date, final pleading, type of trial), and (6) sentencing information (sentence and sentence date, sentence minimum and maximum). Also included are elapsed time variables. The unit of analysis is the felony drug offender.

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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 Assistance, and Criminal Justice Statistics Association. Mandatory Drug Offender Processing Data, 1987: New York. ICPSR09565-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-03-17.

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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:    adults, arrests, case processing, criminal justice system, disposition (legal), drug offenders, prosecution, sentencing

Geographic Coverage:    New York (state), United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990

Universe:    All convicted felons in New York.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data


Data Source:

computerized criminal history data files

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:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-03-04

Version History:

  • 1997-08-25 SAS data definition statements are now available for this collection, and the SPSS data definition statements were updated.



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