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Federal Justice Statistics Program: Charges Filed Against Defendants in Criminal Cases in District Court, 2016

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
2019-12-18
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Publisher
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Language
English
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
defendants; district courts; offenses; prosecution
Description
  • Abstract

    The data contain records of charges filed against defendants whose cases were filed by United States attorneys in United States district court during fiscal year 2016. The data are charge-level records, and more than one charge may be filed against a single defendant. The data were constructed from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) Central Charge file. The charge-level data may be linked to defendant-level data (extracted from the EOUSA Central System file) through the CS_SEQ variable, and it should be noted that some defendants may not have any charges other than the lead charge appearing on the defendant-level record. The Central Charge and Central System data contain variables from the original EOUSA 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.
  • 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: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Abstract

    Datasets:

    • DS1: 2016 Charges Filed Against Defendants in Criminal Cases in District Court Data
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2015-10-01--2016-09-30
  • 2015-10-01 / 2016-09-30
  • Collection date: 2015-10-01--2016-09-30
  • 2015-10-01 / 2016-09-30
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Charges filed against defendants in United States district court during fiscal year 2016.
Availability
Delivery
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
  • 37413 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Motivans, Mark. Federal Justice Statistics, 2015-2016. Bulletin.NCJ 251770, Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2019.
    • ID: https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fjs1516.pdf (URL)

Update Metadata: 2019-12-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-12-18

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (2019): Federal Justice Statistics Program: Charges Filed Against Defendants in Criminal Cases in District Court, 2016. Version 1. Federal Justice Statistics Program Data Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR37413.v1