Drug Offending in Cleveland, Ohio Neighborhoods, 1990-1997 and 1999-2001 (ICPSR 3929)
Principal Investigator(s): Sabol, William J., Case Western Reserve University, Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change
This study investigated changes in the geographic concentration of drug crimes in Cleveland from 1990 to 2001. The study looked at both the locations of drug incidents and where drug offenders lived in order to explore factors that bring residents from one neighborhood into other neighborhoods to engage in drug-related activities. This study was based on data collected for the 224 census tracts in Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1990 decennial Census for the years 1990 to 1997 and 1999 to 2001. Data on drug crimes for 1990 to 1997 and 1999 to 2001 were obtained from Cleveland Police Department (CPD) arrest records and used to produce counts of the number of drug offenses that occurred in each tract in each year and the number of arrestees for drug offenses who lived in each tract. Other variables include counts and rates of other crimes committed in each census tract in each year, the social characteristics and housing conditions of each census tract, and net migration for each census tract.
These data are freely available.
Sabol, William J. Drug Offending in Cleveland, Ohio Neighborhoods, 1990-1997 and 1999-2001. ICPSR03929-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03929.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03929.v1
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (2002-IJ-CX-0009)
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: arrest records, arrests, drug law offenses, drug possession, drug related crimes, drug traffic, geographic distribution, neighborhood change, neighborhood characteristics
Smallest Geographic Unit: Census tracts
Geographic Coverage: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: Census tracts by year
Universe: City of Cleveland's 1990 census tracts.
Data Types: administrative records data, census/enumeration data, survey data
Study Purpose: This study investigated changes in the geographic concentration of drug crimes in Cleveland from 1990 to 2001. The main objectives of the study were: (1) to identify neighborhoods in which drug crimes were concentrated and neighborhoods where persons arrested for drug crimes resided, (2) to describe changes in concentrations of drug offending over time, and (3) to explain changes in patterns of drug offending in relation to changes in the social and physical structure of neighborhoods. The study looked at both the locations of drug incidents and where drug offenders lived in order to explore factors that bring residents from one neighborhood into other neighborhoods to engage in drug-related activities.
Study Design: This study used data collected for the 224 census tracts in Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1990 decennial census for the years 1990 to 1997 and 1999 to 2001. All of the data other than the United States Census data and the drug crime data are available on-line from the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change's community database, Cleveland Area Network for Data and Organizing (CAN DO). Data on drug crimes for 1990 to 1997 and 1999 to 2001 were obtained from Cleveland Police Department (CPD) arrest records. These records provided the address of the incident and the residential address of the person arrested. These addresses were geocoded into their 1990 census tracts, with a match rate of over 95 percent, to produce counts of the number of drug trafficking and possession incidents occurring within each tract in each year and the number of arrestees for drug trafficking and possession living in each tract. (Users should note that no geocoded data are included in this dataset.) In 1998 the CPD changed the way that drug crimes were recorded, and the accuracy with which types of drug crimes were reported was significantly reduced. As a result, while data on the total number of drug incidents in census tracts were available for the entire length of the study, data on whether these incidents involved drug trafficking or possession were only available for 1990 to 1997. CPD arrest records for non-drug crimes and Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court data were used to produce count and rate data on non-drug crimes for each census tract. Data on the social characteristics and housing conditions of each census tract were gathered from the 1990 and 2000 Censuses. Migration into and out of each tract between 1990 and 2000 was estimated using 1990 and 2000 Census population counts and Ohio Department of Health vital statistics data on births and deaths from 1990 to 2000. Data on the number of schools in each census tract were obtained from the Cleveland Municipal School District. Several sources of data were used to develop measures of the physical characteristics of areas. These included the Cuyahoga County Auditor's parcel-level data (from 1990 to 2000) on land-use patterns, characteristics of dwellings, tax delinquencies, and assessed value, and the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data (for 1992 to 2001) on home purchase loans and home improvement loans.
Administrative records data were obtained from the Cleveland Police Department, Cleveland Municipal School District, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, Cuyahoga County Auditor's Office, and the Ohio Department of Health. Data were also obtained from the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.
Description of Variables: Variables include 1990 census tract number, year, the City of Cleveland Statistical Planning Area that each census tract belonged to, counts and rates of violent crimes, robberies, robberies with firearms, burglaries committed by adults in each census tract in each year, robberies and violent crimes committed by juveniles in each census tract in each year, number of drug trafficking and possession incidents committed by City of Cleveland residents and by suburbanites in each census tract in the years 1990 to 1997, number of residents of each census tract for the years 1990 to 1997 arrested for drug trafficking or possession, the total number of drug trafficking and possession incidents committed in each census tract for every year of the study, the total number of census tract residents arrested for either drug trafficking or possession for every year of the study, the number of residential, commercial, industrial, and vacant parcels in each census tract and the number of non-vacant parcels that were tax delinquent for 1990 to 1997, 1999, and 2000, the number of home purchase and improvement applications that were made and approved in each census tract in 1992 to 1997 and 1999 to 2001, the number of elementary, middle, magnet, and high schools in each census tract in each year, net migration for each census tract for each year, and 1990 and 2000 United States Census data on population, racial makeup, number of people under 18 and over 65, home ownership, median income, and the percent of householders who recently moved into the housing unit in selected years.
Response Rates: Not applicable.
Presence of Common Scales: None.
Original ICPSR Release: 2004-06-17
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