Research on Minorities, [1981]: Race and Crime in Atlanta and Washington, DC (ICPSR 8459)

Principal Investigator(s): Debro, Julius


This data collection effort is an investigation of criminological and sociological factors within the Black community with a focus on the alleged high incidence of violent crime committed by Blacks. Four communities within Atlanta, Georgia, and four within Washington, DC, were selected for the study. Two communities in each area were designated high-crime areas, the other two low-crime areas. Variables include the respondents' opinions on the relationship of race and socioeconomic class to crime, their fear of crime and experiences with crime, and contacts and attitudes toward the police. Demographic data include respondents' gender and religion.

Access Notes

  • 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


Debro, Julius. Research on Minorities, [1981]: Race and Crime in Atlanta and Washington, DC. ICPSR08459-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    African Americans, crime, fear of crime, police community relations, race, reactions to crime, socioeconomic status, violent crime

Geographic Coverage:    Atlanta, District of Columbia, Georgia, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981

Date of Collection:   

  • 1981

Universe:    Communities in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, DC.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook and data collection instrument are provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.


Sample:    Four communities were nonrandomly selected in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, DC.

Data Source:

personal interviews

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:   1985-12-20

Version History:

  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.
  • 1998-04-28 The data have been restructured to one record per case, and SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been prepared. Also, the codebook and data collection instrument are now available as a PDF file.

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