The Source for Crime and Justice Data

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.

Most Recent Studies

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Most Recent Publications

2016
Chaffin, Mark,  Chenoweth, Stephanie,  Letourneau, Elizabeth J. Same-sex and race-based disparities in statutory rape arrests. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 31, (1), 46-48.
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2016
Walsh, Jeffrey A.,  Krienert, Jessie L.,  Comens, Cayla L. Examining 19 years of officially reported child abduction incidents (1995-2013): Employing a four category typology of abduction. Criminal Justice Studies. 29, (1), 21-39.
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2015
Addington, Lynn A. Research adventures with 'kinda big' data: Using NIBRS to study crime. Envisioning Criminology. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
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2015
Barranco, Raymond E.,  Shihadeh, Edward S. Walking ATMs and the immigration spillover effect: The link between Latino immigration and robbery victimization. Social Science Research. 52, 440-450.
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2015
Bierie, David M. Assault of police. Crime and Delinquency.
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2015
Bierie, David M.,  Davis-Siegel, James C. Measurement matters: Comparing old and new definitions of rape in federal statistical reporting. Sexual Abuse. 27, (5), 443-459.
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2015
2015
Blumenstein, Lindsey,  Jasinski, Jana L. Intimate partner assault and structural-level correlates of crime: Exploring the relationship between contextual factors and intimate partner violence. Criminal Justice Studies. 28, (2), 186-210.
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2015
Braithwaite, Jeremy . Sexual violence in the backlands: Toward a macro-level understanding of rural sex crimes. Sexual Abuse. 27, (5), 496-523.
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