The Seventh United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (1998 - 2000)

This Survey questionnaire* consists of a series of questions asking for data,primarily statistical, on the main components of the criminal justice system for 1998 - 2000. The following paragraphs include the instructions given to government respondents. The central responding office to reviewed partial replies to ascertain that the data collected from the official address clearly defined jurisdictions (such as national or federal) and are statistically valid. For this reason, the importance of reviewing all parts of the survey for consistency was emphasized. The survey instrument was sent to governmental institutes of 203 countries in April 2001.

The questionnaire is available to download in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian (PDF files)

The questionnaire is compiled so that it can be broken down and sent to separate agencies for response and reassembled in the central responding office before it is returned.

In completing the tables, respondents were provided with the following suggestions:

  • If figures provided in one table differ significantly from one year to the next, please explain the discrepancy in notes to the table.
  • If it is not possible to supply the figures as classified or defined in the tables, please try to adjust data as far as possible and describe the steps involved in notes to the table or on the facing pages.
  • Where figures are not yet available, provisional data or estimates, if possible, should be inserted and noted accordingly.
  • If a table can be completed only in part, please note in the appropriate section that the rest of the data are "not available".
  • If no figures at all are available, please indicate by writing across the space for reply "not yet available", "not tabulated" or "not collected", as the case may be.
  • In most cases, the data requested use the calendar year as the recording period. Where some other annual period, such as a fiscal year not corresponding to the calendar year, is used, this should be noted.
  • Statistics on such matters as criminal justice personnel, court actions and prison population should extend to all levels of government, that is, central government as well as national, state and local authorities.

The UNODC Crime Programme has confined itself to reproducing the figures as received on the questionnaire forms.

The statistics cannot take into account the differences that exist between the legal definitions of offences in various countries, of the different methods of tallying, etc.Consequently, the figures used in these statistics must be interpreted with great caution. In particular, to use the figures as a basis for comparison between different countries is highly problematic.

The UNODC Crime Programme would like to thank all contributing states and their corresponding agencies for their cooperation, which made it possible to produce these statistics. We would like to congratulate India, the first country to reply to the seventh survey!

92 countries provided data for the Seventh Survey

Responses to the Seventh Survey as of 31 March 2004 are available in table format:

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Sorted by variable
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316
2.21 MB
316
Sorted by country
3.12 MB
506
3.08 MB
506
Comments by table
106 KB
22
Comments by table
105 KB
22
Comments by country
176 KB
82
Comments by country
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82

Responses to the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Survey as of 31 March 2004 are available in table format:

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4.37 MB
494
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494
Sorted by variable, rates
4.13 MB
473
4.10 MB
473
Sorted by country
11.7 MB
1973
Sorted by country
11.6 MB
1973

MS Excel pivot table:

7th all 040331.xls (2100 KB) 7th all 040331.zip (715 KB)

Explanation: The pivot table contains the following elements:

  • Chapter: POLICE, PROSECUTION, COURTS and PRISONS.
  • Section: table number and name, e.g. "1. Police personnel, by sex, and financial resources"
  • Section code: table sorting sequence
  • CC: three letter country code as used within UNODC (not ISO3166_3 compatible)
  • VGC: leading part of the variable identifier
  • VName: trailing part of the variable identifier
  • country: Country name in English
  • QN: Number given to a variable in the questionnaire
  • Vlabel: Explicit description of a variable
  • year: year (1998 - 2000)
  • Average of NumValue: the numeric value entered per Country, Variable and Year
  • Average of per100Kcap: Rate per 100,000 inhabitants (World Bank population figures)

Comments

UNODC would like to express sincere thanks for the assistance received in the verification of the following parts of the Seventh Survey:

 - Prison data (received up to December 2002), Mr. Roy Walmsley