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National Judicial Reporting Program, 1988

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Judicial Reporting Program Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
arrests; assault; auto theft; burglary; case processing; convictions (law); counties; demographic characteristics; drug law offenses; felony courts; felony offenses; homicide; larceny; manslaughter; murder; rape; robbery; sentencing; state courts
  • Abstract

    This data collection tabulates the number of persons convicted of felonies in state courts and describes the sentences these individuals received. Data were collected from state courts and state prosecutors in 100 counties of the United States. The collection contains sociodemographic information such as age, race, and sex of the felon. Types of offenses committed include homicide, rape, and robbery. Adjudication variables referring to the process between arrest and sentencing are also a part of this dataset. Data can be analyzed on a national level or by the individual counties.
  • Methods

    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: Standardized missing values.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1988
  • 1989-02 / 1989-12
    Collection date: 1989-02--1989-12
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Sentenced felons in the United States.
A two-stage stratified cluster sampling design was employed. At the first stage, 300 counties were selected from the 3,109 total counties in the nation. At the second stage, a systematic sample of felons sentenced for murder/nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, felony larceny/motor vehicle theft, drug trafficking, and other offenses was selected from each county's official records.
Collection Mode
  • Users wishing to reconstruct figures in the Bureau of Justice Statistics report based on these data will need to use UNIFORM CRIME REPORTING PROGRAM DATA [UNITED STATES]: DETAILED ARREST AND OFFENSE DATA FOR 321 COUNTIES, 1988 (ICPSR 9470).

    Conducted by United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.

2012-12-07 All parts are being moved to restricted access and will be available only using the restricted access procedures.2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.1997-05-16 Minor corrections were made to the codebook for this collection. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9449 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09449.v1
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    • ID: 10.1177/0011128708327569 (DOI)
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    • ID: 10.1080/01924036.1998.9678612 (DOI)
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    • ID: 10.1080/07418829200091241 (DOI)
  • Solari, Richard. National Judicial Reporting Program, 1988. Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1992.
  • Langan, Patrick A., Dawson, John N.. Felony Sentences in State Courts, 1988. NCJ 126923, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1990.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (1991): National Judicial Reporting Program, 1988. Version 2. National Judicial Reporting Program Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.