Tag Archives: Crime

National Crime Victimization Survey, Concatenated File, 1992-2015

The National Crime Victimization Survey is published every year, but the Concatenated File 1992-2015 allows easy multi-year comparisons of data.  From ICPSR, try it out!

Crime in Boomburb Cities

Crime in Boomburb Cities: 1970-2004 focused on the effect of economic resources and racial/ethnic composition on the change in crime rates from 1970-2004 in United States cities in metropolitan areas that experienced a large growth in population after World War II. A total of 352 cities in the following United States metropolitan areas were selected for this study: Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Orange County, Orlando, Phoenix, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Silicon Valley (Santa Clara), and Tampa/St. Petersburg. Selection was based on the fact that these areas developed during a similar time period and followed comparable development trajectories. In particular, these 14 areas, known as the “boomburbs” for their dramatic, post-World War II population growth, all faced issues relating to the rapid growth of tract-style housing and the subsequent development of low density, urban sprawls. The study combined place-level data obtained from the United States Census with crime data from the Uniform Crime Reports for five categories of Type I crimes: aggravated assaults, robberies, murders, burglaries, and motor vehicle thefts. The dataset contains a total of 247 variables pertaining to crime, economic resources, and race/ethnic composition.

Long-Term Consequences of Delinquency: Child Maltreatment and Crime in Early Adulthood in New York, 1990-2006

Long-Term Consequences of Delinquency: Child Maltreatment and Crime in Early Adulthood in New York, 1990-2006, studies consequences of juvenile delinquency by describing the prevalence and frequency of two adult outcomes — arrest and the perpetration of abuse and neglect — within a gender-diverse sample of known offenders. The researchers also sought to better inform the development and provision of services targeted to delinquent youth in residential care by exploring whether characteristics assessed at intake into care predict adult offending risk. The research team tracked a large sample of delinquent boys and girls released from juvenile correctional facilities/programs in New York State in the early 1990s and used state administrative databases to document their involvement with criminal justice and child protective services in young adulthood.

United Nations Surveys of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems, 1970-2006

The major goal of the United Nations Surveys on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems was to collect data on the incidence of reported crime and the operations of criminal justice systems with a view to improving the analysis and dissemination of that information globally. Surveys were distributed to officials in every member country of the United Nations. Designated officials completed the surveys to the best of their abilities given the country’s available data. Crime variables include counts of recorded crime for homicide, assault, rape, robbery, theft, burglary, fraud, embezzlement, drug trafficking, drug possession, bribery, and corruption. There are also counts of suspects, persons prosecuted, persons convicted, and prison admissions by crime, gender, and adult or juvenile status. Other variables include the population of the country and largest city, budgets and salaries for police, courts, and prisons, and types of sanctions, including imprisonment, corporal punishment, deprivation of liberty, control of freedom, warning, fine, and community sentence. The countries participating in the survey and the variables available vary across the ten waves.

Federal Justice Statistics Program

The Federal Justice Statistics Program data series from ICPSR has issued or updated many new annual files on criminal cases in US Federal District Court.

“Cases Terminated” gives information on court proceedings, date the case was filed, date the case was terminated, most serious charge, and reason for termination are included.  Additional files on the “Docket and Reporting System”, “Pretrial Services”, “Parole Decisions”,  “Offenders Under Supervision”, and “Federal Prisoners” provide additional details.

Hate Crimes Data

Uniform Crime Reports issues special statistics on hate crimes.  Information contained in the data includes number of victims and offenders involved in each hate crime incident, type of victims, bias motivation, offense type, and location type.  The latest releases on ICPSR are 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, and 2000.

Capital Punishment in the United States, 1973-2006

From the Department of Justice, this data collection provides annual data on prisoners under a sentence of death and prisoners whose offense sentences were commuted or vacated during the period 1973-2005. Information is supplied for basic sociodemographic characteristics such as age, sex, education, and state of incarceration. Criminal history data include prior felony convictions for criminal homicide and legal status at the time of the capital offense.


Note: data updated through 2008 here.

National Crime Victimization Survey

Ongoing since 1973, the National Crime Victimization Survey interviews a representative sample of United States residents.  Detailed information on the crime along with basic demographic information is collected.  Allows analysis of unreported crimes, consequences of crime, and more.  http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR/STUDY/22560.xml