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BJS Releases Data on Adjudication of Misdemeanor Offenses: Results from a Feasibility Study
The Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, today released Data on Adjudication of Misdemeanor Offenses: Results from a Feasibility Study.
This report describes BJS’s efforts to determine whether it is possible to gather reliable national data on misdemeanor charges filed in state, county, and municipal courts—currently a substantial gap in criminal justice statistics. BJS undertook a feasibility study, focused on large metropolitan areas, to assess the availability and quality of case-level data on misdemeanor charges filed in state, county, and municipal courts. BJS will use the findings of this study to help determine whether a more extensive data collection would yield national estimates.
TITLE: Data on Adjudication of Misdemeanor Offenses: Results from a Feasibility
Study (NCJ 305157)
AUTHORS: Tom Rich, Abt Associates; and Kevin M. Scott, Ph.D., BJS Statistician
The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the U.S. Department of Justice is the principal federal agency responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating reliable statistics on crime and criminal justice in the United States. Alexis R. Piquero, Ph.D., is the director.
The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in the administration of justice, assist victims and enhance the rule of law. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.
CONTACT: OJP Media at [email protected]