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Firearms Violence and the Michigan Felony Firearm Law: Detroit, 1976-1978

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • Loftin, Colin
  • Heumann, Milton
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
court cases; criminal justice system; defendants; law; Michigan Firearm Law; sentencing; trials; violence
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1976 / 1978
    Time period: 1976--1978
  • 1978-06 / 1980-04
    Collection date: 1978-06--1980-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All defendants listed in Recorder's Court Docket Control records who were arraigned for a violent felony.
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. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (78-NI-AX-0021, and 79-NI-AX-0094).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8509 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08509.v1
  • Spohn, Cassia C., Katz, Charles M.. The effect of race and gender on bail outcomes: A test of an interactive model. American Journal of Criminal Justice.19, (2), 161-184.1995.
  • Spohn, Cassia, Cederblom, Jerry. Race and disparities in sentencing: A test of the liberation hypothesis. Justice Quarterly.8, (3), 305-327.1991.
    • ID: 10.1080/07418829100091071 (DOI)
  • Loftin, Colin, Heumann, Milton, McDowall, David. Mandatory Sentencing and Firearms Violence: Evaluating an Alternative to Gun Control. Law and Society Review.17, (2), 287-318.1983.
    • ID: (URL)
  • McDowall, David, Loftin, Colin. Collective security and the demand for legal handguns. American Journal of Sociology.88, (6), 1146-1161.1983.
    • ID: 10.1086/227798 (DOI)
  • Heumann, Milton, Cassak, Lance. Not-so-blissful ignorance: Informing jurors about punishment in mandatory sentencing cases. American Criminal Law Review.20, (3), 343-392.1982.
  • Heumann, Milton, Loftin, Colin, McDowall, David. Federal firearms policy and mandatory sentencing. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.73, (3), 1051-1060.1982.
  • Loftin, Colin, McDowall, David. The police, crime, and economic theory: An assessment. American Sociological Review.47, 393-401.1982.
  • McDowall, David, Loftin, Colin. Arima Causal Models: An Introduction and an Application to Deterrence Research. Deterrence Reconsidered: Methodological Innovations.Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications. 1982.
  • Loftin, Colin, McDowall, David. 'One with a gun gets you two': Mandatory sentencing and firearms violence in Detroit. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.455, (1), 150-167.1981.
    • ID: 10.1177/000271628145500113 (DOI)
  • Heumann, Milton, Loftin, Colin. Mandatory sentencing and the abolition of plea bargaining: The Michigan felony firearm statute. Law and Society Review.13, (2), 393-430.1979.
    • ID: (URL)

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

Loftin, Colin; Heumann, Milton (1986): Firearms Violence and the Michigan Felony Firearm Law: Detroit, 1976-1978. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.