Chris Uggen's Blog: civil rights complaints in u.s. district courts, 1990 - 2006

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

civil rights complaints in u.s. district courts, 1990 - 2006

i'm most interested in voting rights claims, but there's much more fresh data in a new bureau of justice statistics publication:
Examines civil rights claims based on race, age, sex, or national origin involving employment, welfare, housing, voting, or other civil rights discrimination issues. It covers civil rights claims litigated in federal district courts from 1990 to 2006. Information is presented on trends in types of civil rights cases filed in federal district courts, the basis of federal court jurisdiction, case processing time, disposition of civil rights cases, and the types of trials that occur in the federal courts. In addition, this report examines who wins in civil rights trials and the estimated median monetary amount awarded to litigants.

Highlights include the following:

* Civil rights filings doubled in U.S. district courts from 1990 (18,922 filings) to 1997 (43,278 filings) and subsequently stabilized until 2003. From 2003 through 2006, the number of civil rights cases filed in U.S. district courts declined by 20%.
* During the period from 1990 through 2006, the percentage of civil rights cases concluded by trial declined from 8% to 3%.
* From 2000 to 2006 plaintiffs won just under a third of civil rights trials on average, and the median damage awards for plaintiffs who won in civil rights trials ranged from $114,000 to $154,500.


At 12:19 PM, Blogger Héctor said...

Congratulations for your blog. First i say sorry because i speak english very bad (cause i´m spanish).

Your blog is very interesting. I think that your analysis are very great.

see you.

At 12:43 PM, Blogger christopher uggen said...

hey, thanks hector -- your site looks great as well. i only wish my spanish was as good as your english...


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