Adult Criminal Careers, Michigan: 1974-1977 (ICPSR 8279)

Published: Mar 31, 1995

Principal Investigator(s):
Alfred Blumstein; Jacqueline Cohen

Version V1

These data, taken from the computerized criminal history files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were collected to develop estimates of the extent and variation of individual offending. Included are the adult criminal records of individuals 17 years of age and older arrested in Michigan from 1974 to 1977. The primary criterion for inclusion in the sample was at least one arrest in Michigan for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, or auto theft. Once sampled, the arrest history includes data on all recorded arrests through 1977, regardless of offense type. The full dataset includes records for 41,191 individuals for a total of 200,007 arrests. The dataset is organized by individual and includes demographic characteristics of the individual (birth date, state of birth, sex, and race) followed by information from the individual's arrest record in chronological order. The arrest records include the date of arrest, the offenses charged, the disposition (convicted, dismissed, or acquitted), and the sentence. Because the data are organized by individual, they are suitable for longitudinal analyses of individual offending patterns over time.

Blumstein, Alfred, and Cohen, Jacqueline. Adult Criminal Careers, Michigan:  1974-1977 . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995-03-31.

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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (79-NI-99-0121)

1974 -- 1977

In this hierarchical data file, there are two record types. Record 1 contains person record information, with 6 variables and 41,191 records. Record 2 provides arrest cycle information, with 52 variables and 200,007 records.

Individuals with at least one arrest in Michigan for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, or auto theft.

Adult criminal offenders in Michigan.

criminal history files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

event/transaction data



1984-11-14 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.


  • 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.