Search and Seizure Data, 1963 (ICPSR 7539)

Published: Feb 16, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
Stuart S. Nagel

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This data collection contains information gathered about search and seizure policies and practices in a 1963 survey administered to one police chief, prosecutor, trial court judge, defense attorney, and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) official in each of the 50 states. Respondents answered questions about the practices of various criminal justice decision-makers in the handling of search and seizure evidence since the 1961 Supreme Court decision requiring all states to exclude illegally seized evidence from courtroom proceedings. Questions were also asked concerning the knowledge and values of the respondents, and the use of civil and legal action to deter illegal searches. The file also contains non-survey demographic data about the characteristics of each state.

Nagel, Stuart S. Search and Seizure Data, 1963. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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Of the 250 questionnaire recipients, 113, or 45 percent, sent back usable questionnaires.

Police chiefs, prosecutors, trial court judges, defense attorneys, and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) officials in each of the 50 states.

self-enumerated questionnaires

survey data




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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.