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Forensic Evidence in Homicide Investigations, Cleveland, Ohio, 2008-2011

Version
v2
Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
Creator
  • McEwen, Tom
  • Regoeczi, Wendy
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
2018-02-09
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Publisher
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
arrests; evidence; forensic sciences; homicide; offenders; prosecution; sentencing; victims; violent crime; weapons
Description
  • Abstract

    These data are part of NACJD's Fast Track Release and are distributed as they were received from the data depositor. The files have been zipped by NACJD for release, but not checked or processed except for the removal of direct identifiers. Users should refer to the accompanying readme file for a brief description of the files available with this collection and consult the investigator(s) if further information is needed. The objective of this study was to determine how homicide investigators use evidence during the course of their investigations. Data on 294 homicide cases (315 victims) that occurred in Cleveland between 2008 and 2011 was collected from investigative reports, forensic analysis reports, prosecutors and homicide investigators, provided by the Cleveland Ohio Police Department, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office, and Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts. The study collection includes 1 Stata data file (NIJ_Cleveland_Homicides.dta, n=294, 109 variables).
  • Abstract

    The overarching objective of this project was to determine how homicide investigators use evidence during the course of their investigations.
  • Methods

    The Cleveland, Ohio Police Department (CPD) provided access to investigative reports and forensic analysis reports, as well as access to homicide investigators to discuss their assigned cases. In addition, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office participated in the project by providing detailed forensic analysis reports on selected homicides. Prosecutorial case outcomes from the online Case Records Search System maintained by the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts were also utilized. Investigative case files from the CPD included information on victims and offenders along with details on investigations. Each case file detailed evidence collected at the scene and from other locations during the course of an investigation. Early in the data collection effort at the CPD, it was determined that many investigative files were missing trace and DNA analysis report from the medical examiner's office and with his cooperation the police department's homicide case folders were made more complete and provided detailed information on forensic results for the study.
  • Methods

    Data file NIJ_Cleveland_Homicides.sav (n=294) contains 107 variables divided into 6 categories: victim demographics, offender information and prosecutorial outcome, types of evidence collected, such as: number of swabs, latent prints and analysis, number of weapons from the scene, DNA analysis, and weapons analysis.
  • Abstract

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2008--2011
  • 2008 / 2011
  • Collection date: 2012-01--2013-10
  • 2012-01 / 2013-10
Geographic Coverage
  • Cleveland
  • Ohio
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Homicide investigation cases that occurred in Cleveland, Ohio, between 2008 and 2011, as well as homicide investigators and prosecutors connected to some of these cases. Smallest Geographic Unit: Census tract
Sampling
294 homicide cases (315 victims) that occurred in Cleveland, Ohio between August 2008 to December 2011 retrieved from the Cleveland, Ohio Police Department (CPD), the Cuyahoga Country Medical Examiner's Office, and the Cuyahoga Country Clerk of Courts Online Case Records Search System.
Collection Mode
  • record abstracts
Note
2018-02-13 Change made to the study title. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (2011-DN-BX-0007).
Availability
Delivery
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 36202 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR36202.v1

Update Metadata: 2018-02-13 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2018-02-13

McEwen, Tom; Regoeczi, Wendy (2018): Forensic Evidence in Homicide Investigations, Cleveland, Ohio, 2008-2011. Version 2. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36202.v2