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Police Performance and Case Attrition in Los Angeles County, 1980-1981

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data
  • Petersilia, Joan
  • Abrahamse, Allan
  • Wilson, James Q.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
cities; crime rates; felony offenses; police departments; police performance; population characteristics
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this data collection was to investigate the effects of crime rates, city characteristics, and police departments' financial resources on felony case attrition rates in 28 cities located in Los Angeles County, California. Demographic data for this collection were obtained from the 1983 COUNTY AND CITY DATA BOOK. Arrest data were collected directly from the 1980 and 1981 CALIFORNIA OFFENDER BASED TRANSACTION STATISTICS (OBTS) data files maintained by the California Bureau of Criminal Statistics. City demographic variables include total population, minority population, population aged 65 years or older, number of female-headed families, number of index crimes, number of families below the poverty level, city expenditures, and police expenditures. City arrest data include information on number of arrests disposed and number of males, females, blacks, and whites arrested. Also included are data on the number of cases released by police, denied by prosecutors, and acquitted, and data on the number of convicted cases given prison terms.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Data, Section 1
    • DS2: Data, Section 2
    • DS3: Data, Section 3
    • DS4: Data, Section 4
    • DS5: Data, Section 5
    • DS6: Data, Section 6
    • DS7: Data, Section 7
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980 / 1981
    Time period: 1980--1981
  • Collection date: 1985
Geographic Coverage
  • California
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Cities in Los Angeles County, California.
Eligible cities met all of the following criteria: (1) the city's demographic data were published in the 1983 COUNTY AND CITY DATA BOOK, (2) the police department made more than 300 felony arrests per year, and (3) the police department agreed to participate in the study. Fifteen arresting agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, were excluded.
Collection Mode
  • The data for the 28 cities are broken into 7 files.

2006-01-18 File CB9352.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 (85-IJ-CK-0072).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9352 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09352.v1
  • Petersilia, J., Abrahamse, Allan F., Wilson, J.Q.. Police Performance and Case Attrition. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation. 1987.

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

Petersilia, Joan; Abrahamse, Allan; Wilson, James Q. (1990): Police Performance and Case Attrition in Los Angeles County, 1980-1981. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.