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National Pretrial Reporting Program, 1988-1989

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • Pretrial Services Resource Center
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Pretrial Reporting Program Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
case processing; courts; criminal histories; criminal justice system; defendants; disposition (legal); felons; felony courts; offenses; pretrial detentions; pretrial hearings; pretrial procedures; pretrial release; sentencing
  • Abstract

    This data collection effort was undertaken to determine whether accurate and comprehensive pretrial data can be collected at the local level and subsequently aggregated at the state and federal levels. The data contained in this collection provide a picture of felony defendants' movements through the criminal courts. Offenses were recoded into 14 broad categories that conform to the Bureau of Justice Statistics' crime definitions. Other variables include sex, race, age, prior record, relationship to criminal justice system at the time of the offense, pretrial release, detention decisions, court appearances, pretrial rearrest, adjudication, and sentencing. The unit of analysis is the defendant.
  • 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
  • 1988 / 1989
    Time period: 1988--1989
  • 1988-02 / 1989-01
    Collection date: 1988-02--1989-01
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Felony court filings during February 1988 in the 75 most populous counties in the United States.
In a two-stage sampling process, the first stage was a stratified sample to select 39 of the 75 most populous counties, and the second stage was a systematic sample of defendants based on felony filings within each selected county.
Collection Mode
  • Per agreement with Pretrial Services Resource Center, ICPSR distributes the data file without the statute number variables.

2013-06-12 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. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (84-BJ-CX-K003).
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
  • 9508 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09508.v2
  • Maxwell, Christopher D., Robinson, Amanda L., Post, Lori A.. The impact of race on the adjudication of sexual assault and other violent crimes. Journal of Criminal Justice.31, (6), 523-538.2003.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2003.08.005 (DOI)
  • Dawson, John M.. Felony Sentencing and Jail Characteristics. NCJ 142523, United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1993.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Reaves, Brian A.. Pretrial Release of Felony Defendants, 1988. Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1991.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

Pretrial Services Resource Center (1991): National Pretrial Reporting Program, 1988-1989. Version 1. National Pretrial Reporting Program Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.