The purpose of this data collection was to investigate the
effects of crime rates, city characteristics, and police departments'
financial resources on felony case attrition rates in 28 cities located
in Los Angeles County, California. Demographic data for this collection
were obtained from the 1983 COUNTY AND CITY DATA BOOK. Arrest data were
collected directly from the 1980 and 1981 CALIFORNIA OFFENDER BASED
TRANSACTION STATISTICS (OBTS) data files maintained by the California
Bureau of Criminal Statistics. City demographic variables include total
population, minority population, population aged 65 years or older,
number of female-headed families, number of index crimes, number of
families below the poverty level, city expenditures, and police
expenditures. City arrest data include information on number of arrests
disposed and number of males, females, blacks, and whites arrested.
Also included are data on the number of cases released by police,
denied by prosecutors, and acquitted, and data on the number of
convicted cases given prison terms.