National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

United Nations World Crime Surveys: Fourth Survey, 1986-1990 (ICPSR 6945)

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The Fourth United Nations Survey, covering the years 1986-1990, was designed to increase knowledge regarding the incidence of reported crime and the structure of criminal justice systems, as a basis for improving the international exchange of information. The main objectives of the survey were to determine which data are generally available in national databases and to provide an instrument for strengthening cooperation among member states of the United Nations by putting the review and analysis of national crime-related data in a broader context. Variables describe combined police and prosecution expenditure by year and by country, number of police personnel by gender, total number of homicides by country and by city, number of assaults, rapes, robberies, thefts, burglaries, frauds, and embezzlements, amount of drug crime, number of people formally charged with crime, age of suspects, number and gender of prosecutors, number of individuals prosecuted and the types of crimes prosecuted for, gender and age of individuals prosecuted, types of courts, number of individuals convicted and acquitted, numbers sentenced to capital punishment and to various other punishments, number of convictions on various charges, number of individuals sentenced and in detention, number of prisoners, sentence lengths, and prison demographics.

Series: United Nations Surveys of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems Series

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Criminal Justice Resources Data - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
DS2:  Police Personnel Data - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
DS3:  Number of Reported Crimes Data - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS4:  Crime in the Largest Cities Data - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS5:  Number of People Formally Charged with Crimes Data - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS6:  Age of Suspects Data - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
DS7:  Prosecutors and Prosecutions Data - Download All Files (0.9 MB)
DS8:  Prosecutions by Age and Sex Data - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
DS9:  Judges and the Criminal Courts Data - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS10:  Number of People Convicted of Crimes Data - Download All Files (0.9 MB)
DS11:  Prisoners and Prison Sentences Data - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS12:  Average Sentence Lengths Data - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS13:  Prison Personnel Data - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS14:  Total Prison Admissions for All Crimes Data - Download All Files (0.9 MB)
DS15:  Prison Admissions by Age and Sex Data - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS16:  Population and Development Level Data - Download All Files (0.6 MB)

Study Description


United Nations Office at Vienna, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch. UNITED NATIONS WORLD CRIME SURVEYS: FOURTH SURVEY, 1986-1990. ICPSR version. United Nations Office at Vienna, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   acquittals, assault, burglary, convictions (law), courts, correctional facilities, courts, crime, crime patterns, crime prevention, crime rates, crime reporting, criminal justice policy, criminal justice system, drug related crimes, embezzlement, fraud, homicide, international crime statistics, larceny, law enforcement, nations, offenders, offenses, police reports, population characteristics, prosecution, punishment, rape, robbery, sanctions, sentencing, trends, United Nations

Geographic Coverage:   Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, Global

Time Period:  

  • 1986--1990

Date of Collection:  

  • 1992-08--1994-06

Universe:   Member countries of the United Nations.

Data Types:   census data, survey data, event/transaction data, and aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

The Fourth Survey builds upon the three prior United Nations Crime Surveys. See also UNITED NATIONS WORLD CRIME SURVEYS: FIRST SURVEY, 1970-1975 AND SECOND SURVEY, 1975-1980 (ICPSR 9571). The Third Survey is forthcoming from ICPSR.


Sample:   The Fourth Survey was distributed to all member states of the United Nations in August 1992. As of June 1994, 98 survey responses were received (a 73 percent response rate). During the validation phase, any data points that represented a 30 percent change from the surrounding years were recorded and resubmitted to the responding countries for verification. Validation requests were sent to 91 countries between January and May 1994. As of June 1994, 39 countries responded to the validation requests.

Data Source:

questionnaires filled out by representatives of member states at the United Nations Office at Vienna

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.


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Version History:

  • 2006-03-30 File CB6945.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

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