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.
Firearms Violence and the Michigan Felony Firearm Law: Detroit, 1976-1978 (ICPSR 8509)
Principal Investigator(s): Loftin, Colin; Heumann, Milton
The purpose of this study was to estimate the impact of the Michigan Firearm Law on the processing of defendants in Detroit's Recorder's Court. Most variables in the study focus on the defendant and on court processing decisions made at different stages. Special attention was given to determining the presence and use of firearms and other weapons in each offense. Variables included are gender and race of the defendant, original charges, type of counsel, amount of bail, felony firearm charged, number of convictions, race of the victim, firearm used, judge, and sentence.
These data are freely available.
Loftin, Colin, and Milton Heumann. Firearms Violence and the Michigan Felony Firearm Law: Detroit, 1976-1978. ICPSR08509-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08509.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08509.v1
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (78-NI-AX-0021, and 79-NI-AX-0094)
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: court cases, criminal justice system, defendants, law, Michigan Firearm Law, sentencing, trials, violence
Geographic Coverage: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: All defendants listed in Recorder's Court Docket Control records who were arraigned for a violent felony.
Data Types: event/transaction data
documents and records of the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Wayne Count [Detroit], Michigan, and the Office of Court Clerk, Recorder's Court of Detroit, Michigan
Original ICPSR Release: 1986-06-06
- 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.
- 2001-02-01 SAS and SPSS data definition statements were added to this collection, and the codebook is now provided as a PDF file.
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