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Title: Managing Arson Control Systems - A Study of Arson and Anti-Arson Efforts in a Selected Sample of Juridictions, Volume 5 - Appendixes
Author(s): H C McClees; A J Decker; D J Carpenter
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Fire Chiefs
United States of America
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 189
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Fire Chiefs
Washington, DC 20036
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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National Institute of Justice/
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These five appendixes to a four-volume study of arson in selected jurisdictions provide retrospective case audit data, 1979 and 1980 Uniform Crime Report (UCR) arson data, city-specific summaries of followup investigations, and analyses of prosecution issues and of the causes of fires.
Abstract: A comparison of property loss by property class is presented for eight cities, and the frequency distribution of error codes is reported; attention is focused on fire officer, cause and origin, and arson investigation deficiency codes. Elements in the prosecutive process are reviewed, including indictments and information, arrests and warrants, Miranda rights, proceedings before arraignment, arraignment, pleas, insanity and entrapment defenses, and Federal antiarson and related statutes. Also provided are 1979-1980 UCR arson reports for the eight sample cities. Procedures followed in typical arson investigations are reviewed. The importance of establishing the fire's point of origin and of accurately determining and convincingly communicating the true fire cause is emphasized. A summary of national fire information reporting systems is provided; contributing factors to fire cause misclassifications and variations in usage are examined. Finally, the followup investigation processes employed in the eight cities studied are highlighted. Approximately 80 tables are included.
Index Term(s): Arson; Arson factors; Arson investigations; Arsonists; Prosecution
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