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Forensic Evidence and the Police, 1976-1980

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
Creator
  • Peterson, Joseph L.
  • Mihajlovic, Steve
  • Gilliland, Michael
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1985-05-24
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
arrests; assault; burglary; convictions (law); crime; crime laboratories; crime prevention; criminal investigations; disposition (legal); evidence; forensic sciences; murder; police records; rape; robbery; sentencing
Description
  • Abstract

    This data collection focuses on adult cases of serious crime such as homicide (and related death investigations), rape, robbery, aggravated assault/battery, burglary, and arson. Data are included for Peoria, Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, Kansas City, Missouri, and Oakland, California. The data consist of police, court, and laboratory records from reports submitted by police personnel during investigations of suspected criminal offenses. The primary source of information was police case files. Prosecutor and court files were reviewed for information regarding the disposition of suspects who were arrested and formally charged. Crime laboratory reports include information concerning the evidence submitted and the examiner's worksheets, notes, and final results. There are eight files in this dataset. Each of the four cities has one file for cases with physical evidence and one file for cases in which physical evidence was not collected or examined.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Peoria, Illinois: With Physical Evidence
    • DS2: Chicago, Illinois: With Physical Evidence
    • DS3: Kansas City, Missouri: With Physical Evidence
    • DS4: Oakland, California: With Physical Evidence
    • DS5: Peoria, Illinois: Without Physical Evidence
    • DS6: Chicago, Illinois: Without Physical Evidence
    • DS7: Kansas City, Missouri: Without Physical Evidence
    • DS8: Oakland, California: Without Physical Evidence
Temporal Coverage
  • 1976 / 1980
    Time period: 1976--1980
Geographic Coverage
  • California
  • Chicago
  • Illinois
  • Kansas City (Missouri)
  • Missouri
  • Oakland
  • Peoria
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Police, court, and laboratory records from Peoria, Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, Kansas City, Missouri, and Oakland, California, in 1976-1980.
Sampling
Records were randomly sampled.
Note
2006-01-18 File CB8186.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (82-IJ-CX-0064).
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8186 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Bushway, Shawn D.. Estimating empirical blackstone ratios in two settings: Murder cases and hiring. Albany Law Review.74, (3), 1087-1104.2010.
  • Peterson, Joseph L., Ryan, John P., Houlden, Pauline J., Mihajlovic, Steven. Forensic Science and the Courts: The Uses and Effects of Scientific Evidence in Criminal Case Processing, Final Report. NCJ 102387, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1986.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/102387NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • Peterson, J., Mihajlovic, S., Gilliland, M.. Forensic Evidence and the Police: The Effects of Scientific Evidence on Criminal Investigation. Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1984.
  • Gerber, Samuel. Chemistry and Crime: From Sherlock Holmes to Today's Courtroom. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society. 1983.
  • Peterson, J., Mihajlovic, S., Gilliland, M.. Does the Crime Laboratory Have the Answers? Four Cities Compared. Chemistry and Crime: From Sherlock Holmes to Today's Courtroom.Washington, DC: The American Chemical Society. 1983.
  • Peterson, J., Mihajlovic, S., Gilliland, M.. The Role of Scientific Evidence in the Prosecution of Criminal Cases: A Discussion of Recent Empirical Findings. Meeting of the Law and Society Association.Toronto, Canada. 1982.

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

Peterson, Joseph L.; Mihajlovic, Steve; Gilliland, Michael (1985): Forensic Evidence and the Police, 1976-1980. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08186.v1