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Adult Criminal Careers, Michigan: 1974-1977

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • Blumstein, Alfred
  • Cohen, Jacqueline
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
arrests; assault; auto theft; burglary; convictions (law); crime; defendants; demographic characteristics; murder; rape; robbery
  • Abstract

    These data, taken from the computerized criminal history files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were collected to develop estimates of the extent and variation of individual offending. Included are the adult criminal records of individuals 17 years of age and older arrested in Michigan from 1974 to 1977. The primary criterion for inclusion in the sample was at least one arrest in Michigan for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, or auto theft. Once sampled, the arrest history includes data on all recorded arrests through 1977, regardless of offense type. The full dataset includes records for 41,191 individuals for a total of 200,007 arrests. The dataset is organized by individual and includes demographic characteristics of the individual (birth date, state of birth, sex, and race) followed by information from the individual's arrest record in chronological order. The arrest records include the date of arrest, the offenses charged, the disposition (convicted, dismissed, or acquitted), and the sentence. Because the data are organized by individual, they are suitable for longitudinal analyses of individual offending patterns over time.
  • Methods

    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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Data File
    • DS2: SAS Data Definition Statements
Temporal Coverage
  • 1974 / 1977
    Time period: 1974--1977
Geographic Coverage
  • Michigan
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult criminal offenders in Michigan.
Individuals with at least one arrest in Michigan for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, or auto theft.
Collection Mode
  • In this hierarchical data file, there are two record types. Record 1 contains person record information, with 6 variables and 41,191 records. Record 2 provides arrest cycle information, with 52 variables and 200,007 records.

Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (79-NI-99-0121).
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8279 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Britt, Chester L.. The measurement of specialization and escalation in the criminal career: An alternative modeling strategy. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.12, (2), 193-222.1996.
    • ID: 10.1007/BF02354415 (DOI)
  • Ahn, Chul W., Blumstein, Alfred, Schervish, Mark. Estimation of arrest careers using hierarchical stochastic models. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.6, (2), 131-152.1990.
  • Blumstein, Alfred, Cohen, Jacqueline, Das, Somanth, Moitra, Souymyo D.. Specialization and seriousness during adult criminal careers. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.4, (4), 303-345.1988.
  • Blumstein, A., Cohen, J.. Characterizing Criminal Careers. Science.237, 985-991.1987.
    • ID: 10.1126/science.237.4818.985 (DOI)
  • Cohen, Jacqueline. Incapacitation as a strategy for crime control: Possibilities and pitfalls. Crime and Justice: An Annual Review of Research.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1983.
  • Blumstein, A., Cohen, J.. Analysis of Criminal Careers from an Incapacitative Perspective. Carnegie-Mellon University, Unpublished Working Paper. 1982.
  • Blumstein, A., Cohen, J., Hsieh, P.. The Duration of Adult Criminal Careers, Unpublished Final Report. . 1982.

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

Blumstein, Alfred; Cohen, Jacqueline (1984): Adult Criminal Careers, Michigan: 1974-1977. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.