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  NCJ Number: NCJ 170028     Find in a Library
  Title: Crime Data Requests, 1994-96: A Review of Requests for Crime Information From the State Law Enforcement Division of South Carolina
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): K Strom
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 1998
  Page Count: 14
  Annotation: Data requests made to the Uniform Crime Reports Department of the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were reviewed to gain a better understanding of types of criminal information most commonly requested.
  Abstract: In the review process, five characteristics of each request were documented: request date, nature of request, jurisdiction associated with request, data source used to satisfy request, and description of organization or individual requesting information. During the period from January 1, 1994 through December 31, 1996, approximately 820 information requests were made to SLED. Of this total, 60 percent involved a request for information on offenses reported to the police, including general incident counts for violent and nonviolent crimes, incident counts by offense type, incident counts for index crimes only, and rates per population by which specific offenses occurred. About 22 percent of individuals requested at least one source of information on arrest data. Nearly half of these requests involved arrest type by demographic characteristics of the arrestee, either by age, sex, or race. The most frequently requested types of arrest statistics involved juvenile, drug-related, and driving under the influence (DUI) arrests. About a third of requests for arrest information involved juveniles, while an equal number of individuals requested arrest information on either drug or DUI arrests. Except for drug-related crimes and felony driving- related offenses, statistics on nonviolent offenses were rarely requested. State or local law enforcement agencies made 44 percent of requests--21 percent from municipal police departments, 13 percent from county sheriff's offices, and 10 percent from State police agencies. Other information requests were made by the general public, community support groups, non-police government agencies, media personnel, university and college employees, and private statistical agencies. In responding to information requests, SLED used Incident-Based Reporting programs to calculate criminal statistics. 3 figures
  Main Term(s): State crime statistics
  Index Term(s): Computer aided operations ; Arrest statistics ; Drug law offenses ; Driving Under the Influence (DUI) ; Criminal justice information systems ; Uniform crime reporting ; Data collection ; Drug Related Crime ; Information dissemination ; Juvenile offenders ; South Carolina
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Bureau of Justice Statistics Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 179
Dept. BJS-236
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701
United States of America
  Type: Survey
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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