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.

Age Cohort Arrest Rates, 1970-1980 (ICPSR 8261) RSS

Principal Investigator(s):

Summary:

The data for this collection were gathered from the 1970 and 1980 Censuses and the Uniform Crime Reports for 1970 through 1980. The unit of analysis in this data collection is cities. Included are population totals by age group and arrest data for selected crimes by age group for Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Denver, Colorado, Knoxville, Tennessee, San Jose, California, Spokane, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona. Population data by sex and age for all cities are contained in Part 4. The 123 variables provide data by age categories ranging from age 5 to age 69. Part 1, the arrest file for Atlanta and Chicago, provides arrest data for 1970 to 1980 by sex and age, ranging from age 10 and under to age 65 and over. The arrest data for other cities span two data files. Part 2 includes arrest data by sex for ages 15 to 24 for the years 1970 to 1980. Part 3 provides arrest data for ages 25 to 65 and over for the years 1970, 1975, and 1980. Arrest data are collected for the following crimes: murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, other assaults, arson, forgery, fraud, embezzlement, stolen property, vandalism, weapons, prostitution, other sex offenses, opium abuse, marijuana abuse, gambling, family offenses, drunk driving, liquor law violations, drunkenness, disorderly conduct, vagrancy, and all other offenses combined.

Access Notes

  • 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 freely available.

Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
Documentation:
DS1:  Atlanta and Chicago Arrest Data, 1970-1980 - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS2:  Arrest Data (Ages 15-24) for All Other Cities, 1970-1980 - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS3:  Arrest Data (Ages 25-65+) for All Other Cities, 1970, 1975, and 1980 - Download All Files (0.9 MB)
DS4:  Population Data for All Cities, 1970 and 1980 - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
DS6:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Atlanta and Chicago Arrest Data - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
Data:

ASCII + SAS Setup
DS7:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Arrest Data (Ages 15-24) for All Other Cities - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
Data:

ASCII + SAS Setup
DS8:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Arrest Data (Ages 25-65+) for All Other Cities - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
Data:

ASCII + SAS Setup
DS9:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Population Data - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
Data:

ASCII + SAS Setup

Study Description

Citation

Greenberg, David F. AGE COHORT ARREST RATES, 1970-1980. ICPSR version. New York, NY: New York University [producer], 1984. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1994. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08261.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (82-IJ-CX-0025)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   arrest rates, arrests, census data, crime, offenses, population size

Geographic Coverage:   Arizona, Atlanta, California, Chicago, Colorado, Denver, Georgia, Illinois, Knoxville, San Jose, Spokane, Tennessee, Tucson, United States, Washington

Time Period:  

  • 1970--1980

Date of Collection:  

  • 1982--1984

Universe:   Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Denver, Colorado, Spokane, Washington, San Jose, California, and Tucson, Arizona.

Data Types:   census/enumeration data and aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

The data collection as received from the principal investigator contained 14 data files. These files were reformatted and combined into four data files by ICPSR.

Methodology

Data Source:

Arrest data were gathered from the Uniform Crime Reports from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The population data were gathered from the United States Census Bureau.

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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 5 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 5 and flagged as study-level files, so that they 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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