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National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) Series

Investigator(s): United States Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation

The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) series is a component part of the Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), a nationwide view of crime administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), based on the submission of crime information by participating law enforcement agencies. The NIBRS was implemented to meet the new guidelines formulated for the UCR to provide new ways of looking at crime for the 21st century. NIBRS is an expanded and enhanced UCR Program, designed to capture incident-level data and data focused on various aspects of a crime incident. The NIBRS was aimed at offering law enforcement and the academic community more comprehensive data than ever before available for management, training, planning, research, and other uses. NIBRS collects data on each single incident and arrest within 22 offense categories made up of 46 specific crimes called Group A offenses. In addition, there are 11 Group B offense categories for which only arrest data are reported. NIBRS data on different aspects of crime incidents such as offenses, victims, offenders, arrestees, etc., can be examined as different units of analysis. The data are archived at ICPSR as 13 separate data files, which may be merged by using linkage variables.

NACJD has prepared a resource guide on NIBRS.

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Most Recent Publications

2015
Schwartz, Jennifer,  Conover-Williams, Meredith,  Clemons, Katie . Thirty years of sex stratification in violent crime partnerships and groups. Feminist Criminology. 10, (1), 60-91.
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2014
Addington, Lynn A.,  Perumean-Chaney, Suzanne E. Fatal and non-fatal intimate partner violence: What separates the men from the women for victimizations reported to police?. Homicide Studies. 18, (2), 196-220.
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2014
Anderson, James F. Criminological Theories: Understanding Crime in America. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
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2014
Bierie, David M. Enhancing the National Incident-Based Reporting System: A policy proposal. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.
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2014
Bierie, David M.,  Davis-Siegel, James C. Measurement matters: Comparing old and new definitions of rape in federal statistical reporting. Sexual Abuse.
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2014
2014
Burgason, Kyle A.,  Thomas, Shaun A.,  Berthelot, Emily R. The nature of violence: A multilevel analysis of gun use and victim injury in violent interpersonal encounters. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 29, (3), 371-393.
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2014
Burgason, Kyle A.,  Thomas, Shaun A.,  Berthelot, Emily R.,  Burkey, L. Chris . Gats and gashes: Street culture and distinctions in the nature of violence between youth and adult offenders. Deviant Behavior. 35, (7), 534-554.
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2014
Chaffin, Mark,  Chenoweth, Stephanie,  Letourneau, Elizabeth J. Same-sex and race-based disparities in statutory rape arrests. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
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2014
Chilton, Roland . Drug Arrests and Homicide Rates: Exploring the Criminogenic Impact of the Drug War, Panel Session #5: Offender Characteristics and Patterns. The Changing Landscape of Homicide: Proceedings of the 2014 Meeting of the Homicide Research Working Group. San Antonio, TX: University of Central Florida.
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