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Comparing Case Processing Statistics

NCJ Number
Date Published
August 1996
4 pages
Publication Type
Report (Technical Assistance)
This report discusses differences in criminal case processing data across Federal agencies and describes the Federal Justice Statistics Program implemented by the Bureau of Justice Statistics to provide uniform case processing statistics across different stages of the Federal criminal justice system and to track individual defendants.
Agencies collecting data include the Department of Justice, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the United States Sentencing Commission, and the Bureau of Prisons. Each agency collects similar data while using definitions and reporting based on the agency's specific needs and mission. The U.S. attorneys and the Federal judiciary have similar definitions of a criminal defendant. An individual may be counted more than once if the defendant appeared in more than one case. In contrast, the Sentencing Commission defines a defendant as a person for whom a sentencing event has occurred. Definitions also vary regarding offenses committed, disposition, and sentence imposed. The Federal Justice Statistics Program addresses these issues; the Bureau of Justice Statistics applies uniform definitions and publishes three series of publications: the Compendium of Justice Statistics, Federal Criminal Case Processing, and a series of special reports. Descriptions and order form for publications
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