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.

Trends in American Homicide, 1968-1978: Victim-Level Supplementary Homicide Reports (ICPSR 8676) RSS

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Summary:

This study was undertaken to standardize the format of national homicide data and to analyze trends over the period 1968-1978. The unit of analysis is the homicide victim, and variables include information on the reporting agency, the circumstances of the incident, and the characteristics of the victim and the offender. Within these categories are variables pertaining to population and city size, victim's and offender's age, race, and sex, and the number of victims and offenders involved in the incident. Information about the incident includes the type of weapon used and the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
Documentation:
DS1:  Homicides, 1968 - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
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DS2:  Homicides, 1969 - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
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DS3:  Homicides, 1970 - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
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DS4:  Homicides, 1971 - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
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DS5:  Homicides, 1972 - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
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DS6:  Homicides, 1973 - Download All Files (2.3 MB)
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DS7:  Homicides, 1974 - Download All Files (2.5 MB)
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DS8:  Homicides, 1975 - Download All Files (2.5 MB)
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DS9:  Homicides, 1976 - Download All Files (2.3 MB)
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DS10:  Homicides, 1977 - Download All Files (2.5 MB)
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DS11:  Homicides, 1978 - Download All Files (2.5 MB)
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DS13:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Homicides, 1968 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS14:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Homicides, 1969 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS15:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Homicides, 1970 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS16:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Homicides, 1971 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS17:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Homicides, 1972 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS18:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Homicides, 1973 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS19:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Homicides, 1974 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS20:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Homicides, 1975 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS21:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Homicides, 1976 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS22:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Homicides, 1977 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS23:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Homicides, 1978 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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ASCII + SAS Setup

Study Description

Citation

Riedel, Marc, and Margaret Zahn. TRENDS IN AMERICAN HOMICIDE, 1968-1978: VICTIM-LEVEL SUPPLEMENTARY HOMICIDE REPORTS. Compiled by Center for the Study of Crime, Delinquency, and Corrections, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1994. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08676.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (79-NI-AX-0092)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   arrests, assault, crime, demographic characteristics, murder, victimization, violence

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1968--1978

Universe:   Homicide victims in the United States.

Data Types:   aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

The data have been reformatted because of the difficulty in using FBI data as they are released. The reformatting has resulted in the unit of observation (homicide victim) being constant across the study period. The storage mode is "character-numeric." Two major changes in FBI coding of the Supplementary Homicide Reports have resulted in relatively consistent coding within the time periods 1968-1972, 1973-1975, and 1976-1978, but not among them.

Methodology

Data Source:

Supplementary Homicide Reports data from the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

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.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Version(s)

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Version History:

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

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