Firearms Violence and the Michigan Felony Firearm Law: Detroit, 1976-1978 (ICPSR 8509)

Published: Nov 4, 2005

Principal Investigator(s):
Colin Loftin; Milton Heumann

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The purpose of this study was to estimate the impact of the Michigan Firearm Law on the processing of defendants in Detroit's Recorder's Court. Most variables in the study focus on the defendant and on court processing decisions made at different stages. Special attention was given to determining the presence and use of firearms and other weapons in each offense. Variables included are gender and race of the defendant, original charges, type of counsel, amount of bail, felony firearm charged, number of convictions, race of the victim, firearm used, judge, and sentence.

Loftin, Colin, and Heumann, Milton. Firearms Violence and the Michigan Felony Firearm Law:  Detroit, 1976-1978. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-11-04.

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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (78-NI-AX-0021, and 79-NI-AX-0094)

1976 -- 1978

1978-06 -- 1980-04

All defendants listed in Recorder's Court Docket Control records who were arraigned for a violent felony.

documents and records of the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Wayne Count [Detroit], Michigan, and the Office of Court Clerk, Recorder's Court of Detroit, Michigan

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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.

2001-02-01 SAS and SPSS data definition statements were added to this collection, and the codebook is now provided as a PDF file.


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  • 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.