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Study Report

Study Number: GA-022-004-1-1-USA-ICPSR-1996

Subject Area: Legal Systems

Bibliographic Citation: The national survey of prosecuters, 1996.  [machine-readable data file] / United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 2433

Date Accessioned: 11/5/1999

Number of Files Received: 1

Comments: Data set is also stored on the ICPSR Periodic Release CD-ROM, issued April 1999: PCD99002

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison

Date Ordered: 10/5/1999

Documentation: Codebook available in PDF from ICPSR web site.

Abstract: The National Survey of Prosecutors is a biennial survey of chief prosecutors in state court systems. A chief prosecutor is an official, usually locally elected and typically with the title of district attorney or county attorney, who is in charge of a prosecutorial district made up of one or more counties, and who conducts or supervises the prosecution of felony cases in a state court system. Prosecutors in courts of limited jurisdiction, such as municipal prosecutors, were not included in the survey. The survey's purpose was to obtain detailed descriptive information on prosecutors' offices, as well as information on their policies and practices. The data collection instrument was based on questions that were included in the NATIONAL PROSECUTORS SURVEY, 1994 (ICPSR 6785), and also added queries on topics of current concern. Variables cover staffing, workload, funding, what type of computer access the office had, whether the office was part of an integrated computerized system with other specific criminal agencies, the use of DNA evidence in plea negotiations of felony trials, which laboratories performed these DNA analyses, juvenile matters, and risks associated with the role of the prosecutor, such as threatening letters or calls, face-to-face assaults, or batter/assaults. The unit of analysis is the district office.

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