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.
Forensic Evidence and the Police, 1976-1980 (ICPSR 8186)
Principal Investigator(s): Peterson, Joseph L.; Mihajlovic, Steve; Gilliland, Michael
This data collection focuses on adult cases of serious crime such as homicide (and related death investigations), rape, robbery, aggravated assault/battery, burglary, and arson. Data are included for Peoria, Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, Kansas City, Missouri, and Oakland, California. The data consist of police, court, and laboratory records from reports submitted by police personnel during investigations of suspected criminal offenses. The primary source of information was police case files. Prosecutor and court files were reviewed for information regarding the disposition of suspects who were arrested and formally charged. Crime laboratory reports include information concerning the evidence submitted and the examiner's worksheets, notes, and final results. There are eight files in this dataset. Each of the four cities has one file for cases with physical evidence and one file for cases in which physical evidence was not collected or examined.
One or more data files in this study are set up in a non-standard format, such as card image format. Users may need help converting these files before they can be used for analysis.
These data are available to the general public.
Peterson, Joseph L., Steve Mihajlovic, and Michael Gilliland. Forensic Evidence and the Police, 1976-1980. ICPSR08186-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08186.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08186.v1
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (82-IJ-CX-0064)
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: arrests, assault, burglary, convictions (law), crime, crime laboratories, crime prevention, criminal investigations, disposition (legal), evidence, forensic sciences, murder, police records, rape, robbery, sentencing
Geographic Coverage: California, Chicago, Illinois, Kansas City (Missouri), Missouri, Oakland, Peoria, United States
Universe: Police, court, and laboratory records from Peoria, Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, Kansas City, Missouri, and Oakland, California, in 1976-1980.
Data Types: administrative records data
Sample: Records were randomly sampled.
police records, court records, and laboratory records
Original ICPSR Release: 1985-05-24
- 2006-01-18 File CB8186.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
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