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

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Lee Silverstein; Stuart S. Nagel

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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.

Silverstein, Lee, and Nagel, Stuart S. American Bar Foundation:  State Criminal Court Cases, 1962 . [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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1963 -- 1964
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A sample of cases from 194 counties was selected and weighted to yield a national cross-section of cases.

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

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • 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.

1984-05-03 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.


  • 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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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.