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Data Collection: National Census of State Court Prosecutors
Status: Active
Frequency: Census in 2001 and 2007; Surveys in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, and 2005.
Latest data available: 2007

The data obtained from the National Census of State Court Prosecutors (NCSP) provide a complete picture of prosecutorial activities nationwide as well as a variety of administrative and legal issues facing prosecutors who handle felony cases in state courts. The 2007 NCSP data collection was a census, rather than a survey, and included 2,330 prosecutors' offices. Prior to the 2007 census, the most recent census of state prosecutors had been conducted in 2001. Probability samples of state prosecutors were surveyed in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, and 2005.

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Data Experts

  • Steven W. Perry, Statistician, BJS
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    Collection Period

    Census in 2001 and 2007; Surveys in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, and 2005.

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    Questionnaires

    National Survey of Prosecutors
    2007 PDF (81K) | 2005 PDF (60K) | 2001 PDF (57K) | 1996 PDF (30K)
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    Documentation

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    Methodology

    Prosecutors' offices were identified from the National District Attorney's Association (NDAA) 2007 directory. This information was cross-referenced with previous contact lists and updated as necessary. The administration of the questionnaire included mailing out a hard-copy of the instrument, intensive multi-modal non-response follow-ups, and follow-up on surveys with missing or inconsistent responses.  To ensure a high response rate, a web survey was designed to allow for multiple modes of disseminating and returning the survey. Questionnaires were received from 95% of the prosecutors offices.

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    Publications & Products

    The following publications and products were generated by BJS using data from this collection.

    Prosecutors in State Courts, 2007 - Statistical Tables Presents findings on felony caseloads and convictions in the 2,330 chief prosecutors' offices in the United States that handled felony cases in state courts of general jurisdiction.
      PDF (954M) | ASCII file (17K) | Zip format (38K)
    Part of the Prosecutors in State Courts Series

    Prosecutors in State Courts, 2005 Presents findings from the 2005 National Survey of Prosecutors, the latest in a series of data collections about the Nation's 2,300 State court prosecutors' offices that tried felony cases in State courts of general jurisdiction.
      PDF (337K) | ASCII file (34K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 60K) | To order paper version
    Part of the Prosecutors in State Courts Series

    Reporting by Prosecutors' Offices to Repositories of Criminal History Records Examines the reporting of case dispositions by State court prosecutors to State criminal history repositories.
      PDF (140K) | ASCII file (11K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 2K)


    State Court Prosecutors in Small Districts, 2001 Presents results from the 2001 National Survey of Prosecutors (NSP), which collected data on all chief prosecutors that handled felony cases in State courts of general jurisdiction. The report covers prosecutor's offices that served a district with less than 250,000 population.
      PDF (119K) | ASCII file (31K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 44K) | Codebooks and Datasets | To order paper version


    Prosecutors in State Courts, 2001 Presents findings from the 2001 National Survey of Prosecutors, which was a census of all 2,341 prosecutors' offices that tried felony cases in State courts of general jurisdiction.
      Press Release | PDF (590K) | ASCII file (38K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 24K) | Codebooks and Datasets | To order paper version
    Part of the Prosecutors in State Courts Series

    State Court Prosecutors in Large Districts, 2001 Presents data from the 2001 National Survey of Prosecutors (NSP) on all chief prosecutors that served districts with a population of 500,000 or more and handled felony cases in State courts of general jurisdiction.
      PDF (104K) | ASCII file (35K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 35K) | Codebooks and Datasets | To order paper version


    Selected Crime, Criminal Justice, and Demographic Data - 90 Most Populous Counties Selected crime data, as well as data on criminal justice resources and demographic variables, for the 90 most populous counties.
      Download CSV file (Spreadsheet 34K)


    Prosecutors in State Courts, 1996 Presents findings from the 1996 National Survey of Prosecutors, the latest in a series of biennial sample surveys of the Nation's 2,300 State court prosecutors.
      PDF (121K) | ASCII file (62K) | Codebooks and Datasets
    Part of the Prosecutors in State Courts Series

    Criminal Justice Resources - 90 Most Populous Counties Selected crime data, as well as data on criminal justice resources and demographic variables, for the 90 most populous counties.
      Download CSV file (Spreadsheet 34K)


    Juveniles Prosecuted in State Criminal Court Presents findings from the 1994 BJS National Survey of Prosecutors and other BJS statistical series, as well as data collected by the National Center for Juvenile Justice on juveniles proceeded against in State criminal courts.
      PDF (312K) | ASCII file (26K) | Codebooks and Datasets | To order paper version


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