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Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

Section 5

Judicial processing of defendants

Processing of criminal defendants in the United States, including data from Federal, State, juvenile, and military courts is detailed in Section 5. Among the sources of these data are the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics; U.S. Sentencing Commission; National Center for Juvenile Justice; Internal Revenue Service; Immigration and Naturalization Service; and the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Requests for immunity by Federal prosecutors
Court-authorized interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications
Cases filed and disposed of by U.S. attorneys
Cases filed, terminated, and pending in U.S. District Courts
Defendants detained by U.S. District Courts
Pretrial release and detention of defendants in U.S. District Courts
Criminal matters concluded by U.S. attorneys
Suspects declined for prosecution by U.S. attorneys
Suspects referred to U.S. magistrates
Defendants prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced in U.S. District Courts
Length of sentences imposed by U.S. District Courts
Time served in prison for offenders sentenced in U.S. District Courts
Defendants disposed of and sentenced in U.S. District Courts
Noncitizens prosecuted and sentenced in U.S. District Courts
Application of U.S. Sentencing Commission guidelines
Dispositions and sentences of drug law violators in U.S. District Courts
Convictions resulting from arrests by the Drug Enforcement Administration
Antitrust cases filed in U.S. District Courts
Length of time to disposition of cases in U.S. District Courts
Felony cases and convictions in State and Federal courts
Type and length of sentences imposed by State and Federal courts
Sentence length and time to be served in State and Federal prison
Felons sentenced to additional penalties in State courts
Length of time to sentencing of cases in State courts
Characteristics of juvenile offenders and case outcomes
Prisoner petitions filed in U.S. District Courts
Appeals filed, terminated, and pending in U.S. Courts of Appeals
Activities of the U.S. Supreme Court
Cases filed, disposed of, and pending in the U.S. Supreme Court
Writ of certiorari petitions to the U.S. Supreme Court
Cases argued in the U.S. Supreme Court
Executive clemency applications
Judicial misconduct complaints and dispositions
Criminal tax fraud cases
Arrests and convictions handled by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Prosecutions and convictions for violations of immigration and nationality laws
Investigative activity and dispositions of arrests by the U.S. Secret Service
Abuse of public office cases
U.S. Army Courts-Martial cases
U.S. Coast Guard Courts-Martial cases

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