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Forensic Evidence and the Police, 1976-1980 (ICPSR 8186) RSS

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Summary:

This data collection focuses on adult cases of serious crime such as homicide (and related death investigations), rape, robbery, aggravated assault/battery, burglary, and arson. Data are included for Peoria, Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, Kansas City, Missouri, and Oakland, California. The data consist of police, court, and laboratory records from reports submitted by police personnel during investigations of suspected criminal offenses. The primary source of information was police case files. Prosecutor and court files were reviewed for information regarding the disposition of suspects who were arrested and formally charged. Crime laboratory reports include information concerning the evidence submitted and the examiner's worksheets, notes, and final results. There are eight files in this dataset. Each of the four cities has one file for cases with physical evidence and one file for cases in which physical evidence was not collected or examined.

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  • One or more data files in this study are set up in a non-standard format, such as card image format. Users may need help converting these files before they can be used for analysis.

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Peoria, Illinois: With Physical Evidence - Download All Files (2,201 KB)
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DS2:  Chicago, Illinois: With Physical Evidence - Download All Files (2,245 KB)
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DS3:  Kansas City, Missouri: With Physical Evidence - Download All Files (2,191 KB)
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DS4:  Oakland, California: With Physical Evidence - Download All Files (2,181 KB)
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DS5:  Peoria, Illinois: Without Physical Evidence - Download All Files (2,011 KB)
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DS6:  Chicago, Illinois: Without Physical Evidence - Download All Files (2,000 KB)
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DS7:  Kansas City, Missouri: Without Physical Evidence - Download All Files (2,023 KB)
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DS8:  Oakland, California: Without Physical Evidence - Download All Files (2,017 KB)
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Study Description

Citation

Peterson, Joseph L., Steve Mihajlovic, and Michael Gilliland. Forensic Evidence and the Police, 1976-1980. ICPSR08186-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. doi:10.3886/ICPSR08186.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (82-IJ-CX-0064)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   arrests, assault, burglary, convictions (law), crime, crime laboratories, crime prevention, criminal investigations, disposition (legal), evidence, forensic sciences, murder, police records, rape, robbery, sentencing

Geographic Coverage:   California, Chicago, Illinois, Kansas City (Missouri), Missouri, Oakland, Peoria, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1976--1980

Universe:   Police, court, and laboratory records from Peoria, Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, Kansas City, Missouri, and Oakland, California, in 1976-1980.

Data Types:   administrative records data

Methodology

Sample:   Records were randomly sampled.

Data Source:

police records, court records, and laboratory records

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Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8186.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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