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Federal Justice Statistics Program: Defendants in Federal Criminal Cases in District Court - Terminated, 2013

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
Creator
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Federal Justice Statistics Program Data Series
Publication Date
2016-02-17
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Language
English
Free Keywords
administration; court cases; criminal law; defendants; district courts; federal courts; judicial decisions; legal systems; trial courts
Description
  • Abstract

    The data contain records of defendants in criminal cases terminated in United States District Court during fiscal year 2013. 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, or "SAF" variables, that denote subsets of the data. These SAF variables are related to statistics reported in the Compendium of Federal Justice Statistics, Tables 4.1-4.5 and 5.1-5.6. Variables containing identifying information (e.g., name, Social Security number) were replaced with blanks, and the day portions of date fields were also sanitized 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.
  • 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: Created variable labels and/or value labels..
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 2012-10-01 / 2013-09-30
    Time period: 2012-10-01--2013-09-30
  • 2012-10-01 / 2013-09-30
    Collection date: 2012-10-01--2013-09-30
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Criminal cases terminated in United States District Court during fiscal year 2013.
Note
2016-02-22 The study was updated to include a publicly-available codebook. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Availability
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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
  • 36327 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2016-02-22 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2016-02-17

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (2016): Federal Justice Statistics Program: Defendants in Federal Criminal Cases in District Court - Terminated, 2013. Version 1. Federal Justice Statistics Program Data Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36327.v1