Federal Justice Statistics Program: Charges Filed Against Defendants in Criminal Cases in District Court, 2015 (ICPSR 37385)
Version Date: Sep 25, 2019 View help for published
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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 charges filed against defendants whose cases were filed by United States attorneys in United States district court during fiscal year 2015. The data are charge-level records, and more than one charge may be filed against a single defendant. The data were constructed from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) Central Charge file. The charge-level data may be linked to defendant-level data (extracted from the EOUSA Central System file) through the CS_SEQ variable, and it should be noted that some defendants may not have any charges other than the lead charge appearing on the defendant-level record. The Central Charge and Central System data contain variables from the original EOUSA 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 and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Data and documentation were prepared by Abt.
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Charges filed against defendants in United States district court during fiscal year 2015.
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extracts from the EOUSA Central Charge file
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2019-09-25 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.