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NCJ Number: 99715 Find in a Library
Title: Considerations in the Use of Race Data
Corporate Author: Hawaii Dept of the Attorney General
United States of America
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Hawaii Dept of the Attorney General
Honolulu, HI 96813
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Type: Survey (Cross-Cultural)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined several methods by which an individual's race is coded in official statistics and considered the information gathered on adults arrested on 8 days in 1984 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to determine how the coding methods affected the reported data.
Abstract: The U.S. Bureau of the Census, the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program of the Hawaii State Department of Health, the State's Health Surveillance Program, and police agencies use slightly different methods of recording race, although the information is based mainly on self-reports from the citizens involved. Data from the 522 persons arrested on the 8 randomly selected days showed that slightly different numbers and percentages appeared in each racial category, depending on the coding method used. Data that are to be used in comparisons should be collected in a uniform manner. The public often concludes that the racial groups that predominate in the crime statistics are those most likely to commit crime, although these statistics show only the groups that are arrested most frequently. Criminal justice researchers need to clarify this distinction to the public. An appendix presents figures and tables.
Index Term(s): Community service officers; Cross-cultural analyses; Data collections; Ethnic groups; Hawaii; Statistical Analysis Centers
Note: Research and Statistics Report (CF02)
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