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

Published: Jan 18, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
Joseph L. Peterson; Steve Mihajlovic; Michael Gilliland

Version V1

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.

Peterson, Joseph L., Mihajlovic, Steve, and Gilliland, Michael. Forensic Evidence and the Police, 1976-1980. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-18.

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

1976 -- 1980

Records were randomly sampled.

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

police records, court records, and laboratory records

administrative records data



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.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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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.