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Illegal Immigration and Crime in San Diego and El Paso Counties, 1985-1986

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • Pennell, Susan
  • Curtis, Christine
  • Tayman, Jeff
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; crime rates; criminal justice system; felony offenses; illegal immigrants; immigration
  • Abstract

    This study was conducted to examine whether a rising crime rate in El Paso, Texas and San Diego, California in 1986 could be attributed to, among other factors, the influx of undocumented aliens. Variables include level of involvement of undocumented aliens in serious felony arrests in San Diego and El Paso Counties, the outcome of serious felony arrest cases involving undocumented persons compared to others arrested for similar offenses, the impact of arrests of undocumented aliens on the criminal justice system in terms of workload and cost, the extent that criminal justice agencies coordinate their efforts to apprehend and process undocumented aliens who have committed serious crimes in San Diego and El Paso counties, and how differences in agency objectives impede or enhance coordination. Data are also provided on how many undocumented persons were arrested/convicted for repeat offense in these counties and which type of policies or procedures could be implemented in criminal justice agencies to address the issue of crimes committed by undocumented aliens. Data were collected in the two cities with focus on serious felony offenses. The collection includes sociodemographic characteristics, citizenship status, current arrest, case disposition, and prior criminal history with additional data from San Diego to compute the costs involving undocumented aliens.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: San Diego County Data
    • DS2: El Paso County Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 1985 / 1986
    Time period: 1985--1986
  • 1987 / 1988
    Collection date: 1987--1988
Geographic Coverage
  • California
  • Texas
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Serious felony offense arrests in El Paso County, Texas and San Diego County, California.
In El Paso all arrests for selected offenses were included. In San Diego all homicide and rape arrests were included. A stratified random sample with equal probabilities used to select 40 percent of the arrests was chosen within each of the other offense categories, which included robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, grand theft and motor vehicle theft, receiving stolen property, and felony narcotics offenses.
2006-01-18 File CB9330.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 (86-IJ-CX-0038).
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9330 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Pennell, S., Curtis, C., Tayman, J.. Case Tracking Study Documentation: Illegal Immigration and Crime in San Diego and El Paso Counties, FY 1985-86. Altos, CA: Data Resources Program of the National Institute of Justice, Sociometrics Corporation. 1989.
  • Pennell, Susan, Curtis, Christine, Tayman, Jeff. The Impact of Illegal Immigration on the Criminal Justice System. NCJ 120145, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1989.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Pennell, Susan; Curtis, Christine; Tayman, Jeff (1990): Illegal Immigration and Crime in San Diego and El Paso Counties, 1985-1986. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.