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Disturbed Violent Offenders in New York, 1985 (ICPSR 9325) RSS

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This data collection was designed to investigate the relationship between mental illness and violent involvement over an offender's criminal career and to develop a typology of violent offenders that takes into account both mental health history and substance use history. The collection is organized so that data for the violent offender cohort can be matched with records of offender mental health history, substance abuse history, and criminal career history. The offenders were convicted of statutorily-defined "violent offenses." Included in the collection are variables concerning conviction offenses, intoxication status, victim-offender relationship, injury result, type of violence, employment, marital status, gender, and race. The criminal history file contains variables on dates of arrest or juvenile contacts. The mental history file includes dates of entry and types of mental health services received.

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Offender Data - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS2:  Criminal Record Data - Download All Files (0.9 MB)
DS3:  Mental Health Data - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
DS5:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Offender Data - Download All Files (0.1 MB)

DS6:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Criminal Record Data - Download All Files (0.1 MB)

DS7:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Mental Health Data - Download All Files (0.1 MB)


Study Description


Toch, Hans, and Kenneth Adams. DISTURBED VIOLENT OFFENDERS IN NEW YORK, 1985. 2nd ICPSR version. Compiled by State University of New York [producer], 1988. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1994.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (85-IJ-CX-0033)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   career criminals, criminal histories, mental disorders, mental health, offenders, substance abuse, violence

Geographic Coverage:   New York (state), United States

Time Period:  

  • 1985

Date of Collection:  

  • 1986

Universe:   All offenders convicted of violent offenses and sentenced to terms of incarceration during the period January 1985 through December 1985 in the state of New York.

Data Types:   event/transaction data


Data Source:

New York State Department of Correctional Services and New York State Office of Mental Health official records

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

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