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National Judicial Reporting Program, 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (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 their sentences. Data were collected from state courts and state prosecutors in 344 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 at the national level or by 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: Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1998
  • 1998-02 / 1998-12
    Collection date: 1998-02--1998-12
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, 344 counties were selected from the 3,195 total counties in the nation. At the second stage, a systematic sample of felons sentenced for murder/non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, felony larceny/motor vehicle theft, drug trafficking, and other offenses were selected from each county's official records.
Collection Mode
  • The data were compiled by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.

2011-04-11 All parts are being moved to restricted access and will be available only using the restricted access procedures.2002-03-29 The principal investigator has supplied a revised data file to correct errors in one variable. Also, the codebook was updated with a new errata page and a list of the FIPS codes, and some value labels were corrected and added. SAS and SPSS data definition statements were also updated. 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
  • 3316 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03316.v2
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  • Durose, Matthew R., Langan, Patrick A.. State Court Sentencing of Convicted Felons, 1998. 190637, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2001.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Durose, Matthew R., Levin, David J., Langan, Patrick A.. Felony Sentences in State Courts, 1998. 190103, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2001.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (2002): National Judicial Reporting Program, 1998. Version 1. National Judicial Reporting Program Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.