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NCJ Number: NCJ 164615     Find in a Library
Title: Prisoner Petitions in the Federal Courts, 1980-96
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Author(s): J Scalia
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 20
  Series: BJS Full Reports
  Annotation: This report tracks prisoner petitions through the Federal courts from 1980-1996.
Abstract: Highlights of this research include the following: (1) Between 1980 and 1996 the number of petitions filed in US district courts by Federal and State inmates increased from 23,230 to 68,235; (2) While the number of petitions filed increased, the rate of filing decreased from 72.7 per 1,000 inmates to 60.5; (3) Fewer than 2 percent of the petitions were adjudicated in favor of the inmate; 62 percent were dismissed; (4) 24 percent of the petitions terminated in US district courts were later appealed; (5) The number of prisoner petitions appealed increased from 3,675 to 17,002; (6) 88 percent of inmates represented themselves on appeal; (7) State inmates initiated 81 percent of all prisoner petitions, most (73 percent) alleging civil rights violation; (8) 21 percent of State inmates under a death sentence had a habeas corpus petition active in the Federal courts during 1995; (9) 74 percent of the petitions filed challenged the constitutionality of the sentence imposed; (10) between 1987 and 1996 the number of petitions by Federal inmates challenging their sentences increased from 1,664 to 9,729; and (11) 43 percent of petitions by Federal inmates challenging the sentence were later appealed. Figures, tables, notes
Main Term(s): Court statistics
Index Term(s): Appellate courts ; Appeal procedures ; Federal courts ; Prisoners rights ; Judicial review ; Habeas corpus ; Post-conviction remedies ; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties ; Judicial process ; Statistics
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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