Tags : Uniform Crime Reports

Behind the Story: How the WSJ uncovered a flawed system of reporting police killings

Rob Barry (left) and Coulter Jones (right)

Rob Barry and Coulter Jones set out to analyze police killings, not poke holes in the system that tracks them.

But when their sources started questioning the way they’d looked at the numbers – questioning, really, the numbers themselves – the two decided there was a more fundamental issue to be explored.

Their December report for the Wall Street Journal found that the FBI’s national tally of police killings didn’t include hundreds of such incidents from the six-year period they examined. Barry and Jones received information from 105 of the largest police ...

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Gender gap in prostitution-related arrests found in crime data

NECIR used Google Fusion Tables to map state data

We knew that more women than men were arrested for prostitution-related crimes across the U.S. despite the fact that such offenses take both buyers and sellers.

What we wanted to find out was how each Massachusetts town differed in arrest patterns and if that gender disparity had changed following the passage of a 2012 state law meant to target the demand that fuels the lucrative and often violent commercial sex trade across the United States.

The data – provided to us by the Massachusetts State Police – showed that the gender gap ...

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Updated FBI Uniform Crime Reports available in data library

The NICAR Database Library has updated the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, one of the best resources for national crime statistics. The most current reports are for 2011.

WHAT’S IN IT?
Many law enforcement agencies around the country submit reports to the FBI on what are known as "index" crimes: murder,nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor-vehicle theft and arson. These crimes are meant to serve as an index for gauging fluctuations in both the overall volume and rate of crime. The data include the number of crimes by agency and by month. Geographic information ...

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Delving into crime data and finding flaws

By Zachary Matson and Meredith Turk

Steve Thompson, from The Dallas Morning News, speaks during the panel "Juking the stats? Delve into your police department's FBI crime data to find flaws" on Thursday. Photo: Travis Hartman.

When it comes to FBI crime statistics, "I can't think of a number that means more to a community and is less scrutinized," said Ben Poston of the Los Angeles Times. Each city and state might have different ways to track crime, and digging deeper into how they do it and the results they tout can be ripe for investigative stories.

While ...

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FBI Uniform Crime Reports for 2010 now available in NICAR Data Library

The NICAR Database Library has updated the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, one of the best resources for national crime statistics.

WHAT’S IN IT?
Law enforcement agencies around the country are required to submit reports to the FBI on what are known as "index" crimes: murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor-vehicle theft and arson. These crimes are meant to serve as an index for gauging fluctuations in the overall volume and rate of crime. The data include the number of crimes by agency and month. Region, state, county, city, and metropolitan statistical area (MSA ...
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