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Search and Seizure Data, 1963

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Nagel, Stuart S.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
crime; criminal courts; criminal investigations; criminal justice system; evidence; legal systems; police activity; probable cause; search and seizure; search and seizure laws; states (USA); Supreme Court decisions; trial procedures; United States
  • Abstract

    This data collection contains information gathered about search and seizure policies and practices in a 1963 survey administered to one police chief, prosecutor, trial court judge, defense attorney, and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) official in each of the 50 states. Respondents answered questions about the practices of various criminal justice decision-makers in the handling of search and seizure evidence since the 1961 Supreme Court decision requiring all states to exclude illegally seized evidence from courtroom proceedings. Questions were also asked concerning the knowledge and values of the respondents, and the use of civil and legal action to deter illegal searches. The file also contains non-survey demographic data about the characteristics of each state.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1960 / 1963
    Time period: 1960--1963
  • Collection date: 1963-11
Sampled Universe
Police chiefs, prosecutors, trial court judges, defense attorneys, and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) officials in each of the 50 states.
Of the 250 questionnaire recipients, 113, or 45 percent, sent back usable questionnaires.
Collection Mode
  • The codebook is provided by ICPSR 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 on the ICPSR Web site.

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7539 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Nagel, Stuart S.. The Legal Process from a Behavioral Perspective. Homewood, IL: Dorsey. 1969.
  • Nagel, Stuart S.. Testing the effects of excluding illegally seized evidence. Wisconsin Law Review.(2), 283-310.1965.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Nagel, Stuart S. (1984): Search and Seizure Data, 1963. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.