Federal Justice Statistics Program: Defendants in Federal Criminal Cases Filed in District Court, 2015 (ICPSR 37321)
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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
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The data contain records of defendants in criminal cases filed in United States District Court during fiscal year 2015. The data were constructed from the Administrative Office of the United States District Courts' (AOUSC) criminal file. Defendants in criminal cases may be either individuals or corporations. There is one record for each defendant in each case filed. Included in the records are data from court proceedings and offense codes for up to five offenses charged at the time the case was filed. (The most serious charge at termination may differ from the most serious charge at case filing, due to plea bargaining or action of the judge or jury.) In a case with multiple charges against the defendant, a "most serious" offense charge is determined by a hierarchy of offenses based on statutory maximum penalties associated with the charges. The data file contains variables from the original AOUSC files as well as additional analysis variables. Variables containing identifying information (e.g., name, Social Security number) were either removed, coarsened, or blanked in order to protect the identities of individuals. These data are part of a series designed by Abt Associates and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Data and documentation were prepared by Abt Associates.
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Criminal cases filed in United States District Court during fiscal year 2015.
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Extracts from the AOUSC criminal file.
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