Federal Justice Statistics Program: Defendants in Federal Criminal Cases in District Court - Pending, 2016 (ICPSR 37389)
Version Date: Dec 19, 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 defendants in criminal cases filed in United States District Court before or during fiscal year 2016 and still pending as of year-end. 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 and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Data and documentation were prepared by Abt.
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Criminal cases filed in United States District Court during fiscal year 2016 and still pending as of year-end.
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extracts from the AOUSC criminal file
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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.