American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 623–644 | Cite as

Predicting Consistency Between Officially Recorded and Self-Reported Records of Arrest

  • Wendi Pollock
  • Milton C. Hill
  • Scott Menard
  • Delbert S. Elliott


National Youth Survey Family Study (NYSFS) respondents were examined to identify the characteristics of individuals and their sociological environments, that would make them more likely to have consistency between self reported and officially recorded records of arrest. Somewhat surprisingly, it was found that those most likely to be at risk of arrest (males, high exposure to delinquent friends, higher level of substance use) are more likely to have consistency between officially recorded and self-reported arrests. Findings will be helpful in both producing more accurate information on arrests and in increasing sensitivity to the possibility of bias in arrest records that may be based on sociodemographic or behavioral characteristics of the individual.


Arrest Record consistency Gender Race 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wendi Pollock
    • 1
  • Milton C. Hill
    • 2
  • Scott Menard
    • 3
  • Delbert S. Elliott
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesTexas A&M University - Corpus ChristiCorpus ChristiUSA
  2. 2.Department of GovernmentStephen F. Austin State UniversityNacogdochesUSA
  3. 3.College of Criminal JusticeSam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA
  4. 4.Institute of Behavioral SciencesUniversity of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA

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