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.

Relationships Between Employment and Crime: A Survey of Brooklyn Residents, 1979-1980 (ICPSR 8649)

Principal Investigator(s): Thompson, James W.


The study was designed to explore the relationship between employment and involvement with the criminal justice system. Males arrested primarily for felony offenses were interviewed at the central booking agency in Brooklyn, New York, at the time of their arrests in 1979. A subsample of 152 arrestees was reinterviewed in 1980. The data include information on labor market participation, arrests, periods of incarceration, and the respondents' demographic characteristics. The labor market information spans a two-year period prior to those arrests. Arrest history and other criminal justice data cover the two years prior to arrest and one year following the arrest. Additional variables supply information on employment and occupation, social and neighborhood characteristics, and perceptions of the risk of committing selected crimes.

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Thompson, James W. Relationships Between Employment and Crime: A Survey of Brooklyn Residents, 1979-1980. ICPSR08649-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (81-IJ-CX-0024)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    arrests, crime, criminal justice system, demographic characteristics, employment, job history, labor markets, neighborhood characteristics, occupations

Geographic Coverage:    New York City, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1979--1980

Universe:    Males arrested predominantly for felony offenses and residing in Brooklyn during July and August 1979.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data, survey data


Data Source:

personal interviews and arrest records

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1987-02-26

Version History:

  • 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.
  • 1998-05-20 The data have been reformatted and are now distributed in logical record length format only. SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been prepared, and the codebook is available as a Portable Document Format file.

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