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ERIC Number: ED511651
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Crime in Schools and Colleges: A Study of Offenders and Arrestees Reported via National Incident-Based Reporting System Data. The CARD Report: Crime Analysis, Research and Development Unit
Noonan, James H.; Vavra, Malissa C.
US Department of Justice (NJ1)
Data from a variety of sources about crime in schools and colleges and characteristics of the people who commit these offenses provide key input in developing theories and operational applications that can help combat crime in this nation's schools, colleges, and universities. Given the myriad of data available, the objective of this study is to particularly analyze data submitted to the FBI's (Federal Bureau of Investigation) UCR (Uniform Crime Reporting) Program by law enforcement agencies. It examines specific characteristics of offenders and arrestees who participated in criminal incidents at schools and colleges from 2000 through 2004. In summary, this study, over the 5-year period, found that 3.3 percent of all incidents reported via NIBRS (National Incident-Based Reporting System) involved school locations. The number of crime in school-related incidents was highest in October. Offense records were also most likely to include the use of personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.), while reports of the offender's use of alcohol, computers, and/or drugs were minimal. Reported offenders of crime in schools were most likely 13-15 year old white males who the victims reportedly knew; however, there was nearly an equally large number of 16-18 year old reported offenders. More than half of the arrestees associated with crime at school locations were arrested for simple assault or drug/narcotic violations. Arrestees had similar characteristics to the reported offenders, most likely being reported as 13-15 year old white non-Hispanic males who were residents of the community of the school location where the incident was reported. Appendices include: (1) Number of Offenses of Crime in Schools, by Offense Type, by Year; (2) Weapon Type by Offense Type for Crime in Schools, 2000-2004; (3) Incident Reports to Counts; (4) Table Methodology; and (5) NIBRS Segments, Data Elements, and Their Use in This Study. (Contains 15 tables, 2 figures, and 25 footnotes.) [This report was produced by the Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Federal Bureau of Investigation