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

Principal Investigator(s): Blumstein, Alfred; Cohen, Jacqueline


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.

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  • 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.


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Study Description


Blumstein, Alfred, and Jacqueline Cohen. ADULT CRIMINAL CAREERS, MICHIGAN: 1974-1977. ICPSR version. Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon University, School of Urban and Public Affairs [producer], 1983. 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 (79-NI-99-0121)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    arrests, assault, auto theft, burglary, convictions (law), crime, defendants, demographic characteristics, murder, rape, robbery

Geographic Coverage:    Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1974--1977

Universe:    Adult criminal offenders in Michigan.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

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.


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

Data Source:

criminal history files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

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.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-11-14

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