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Analysis of the United Nations Data Set on
Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal
Justice Systems: Part I
July 5, 2000
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FINAL REPORT OF NIJBJS VISITING FELLOWSHIP
PART I: THE ANALYSIS OF THE UNITED NATIONS DATA SET ON CRIME
TRENDS AND THE OPERATIONS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS
Section I: Introduction and Background.
The United Nations has collected data on crime and criminal justice since the mid 1 9 7 0 ~ ~
but little systematic use has been made of the data, with some exceptions. The data were
collected in a series of five sweeps, called by the UN “surveys”. Thus the first survey
covered 1970-74, the second 1975-80, the thlrd 1980-86, the fourth 1986-90 and the fifth
1990-94. In this report the word “sweep” is used, so that the term “survey” can be retained
for the activity as a whole. The sixth sweep, covering 1995-97 is being administered in early
1999. The exceptions known to the author are:
(i) by Dr. Freda Adler,in 1982, with an analysis which eventually formed the basis
of her book “Countries not Obsessed with Crime”. While that was an original and interesting
attempt at a new approach to the analysis of crime data in the context of other socio-
economic data, it suffered from the fact that the data available from the second sweep of the
UN surveys were even less complete and reliable than Adler allowed for, thus making most
of the con