National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) Series

Investigator(s): United States Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation

The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) series is a component part of the Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), a nationwide view of crime administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), based on the submission of crime information by participating law enforcement agencies. The NIBRS was implemented to meet the new guidelines formulated for the UCR to provide new ways of looking at crime for the 21st century. NIBRS is an expanded and enhanced UCR Program, designed to capture incident-level data and data focused on various aspects of a crime incident. The NIBRS was aimed at offering law enforcement and the academic community more comprehensive data than ever before available for management, training, planning, research, and other uses. NIBRS collects data on each single incident and arrest within 22 offense categories made up of 46 specific crimes called Group A offenses. In addition, there are 11 Group B offense categories for which only arrest data are reported. NIBRS data on different aspects of crime incidents such as offenses, victims, offenders, arrestees, etc., can be examined as different units of analysis. The data are archived at ICPSR as 13 separate data files, which may be merged by using linkage variables.

NACJD has prepared a resource guide on NIBRS.

Data in the Series

Related Publications

Most Recent Publications

2017
Budd, Kristen M.,  Rocque, Michael,  Bierie, David M. Deconstructing incidents of campus sexual assault: Comparing male and female victimizations. Sexual Abuse.
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2017
Drawve, Grant,  Thomas, Shaun A.,  Hart, Timothy C. Routine activity theory and the likelihood of arrest: A replication and extension with conjunctive methods. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.
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2017
Liao, Ruochen,  Balasinorwala, Shenaz,  Raghav Rao, H. Computer assisted frauds: An examination of offender and offense characteristics in relation to arrests. Information Systems Frontiers.
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2017
McCormack, Philip D.,  Pattavina, April,  Tracy, Paul E. Assessing the coverage and representativeness of the National Incident-Based Reporting System. Crime and Delinquency. 63, (4), 493-516.
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2017
Sandler, Jeffrey C.,  Letourneau, Elizabeth J.,  Vandiver, Donna M.,  Shields, Ryan T.,  Chaffin, Mark . Juvenile Sexual Crime Reporting Rates Are Not Influenced by Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Policies. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.
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2017
Simes, Jessica T. Place and punishment: The spatial context of mass incarceration. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
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2016
Bell-Holleran, Lisa L.,  Vandiver, Donna M. U.S. homicides: Multi-offenders and the presence of female offenders. Violence and Gender. 3, (1), 27-35.
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2016
Bierie, David M.,  Budd, Kristen M. Romeo, Juliet, and statutory rape. Sexual Abuse.
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2016
Bierie, David M.,  Detar, Paul L.,  Craun, Sarah W. Firearm violence directed at police. Crime and Delinquency. 62, (4), 501-524.
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