National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Conditions of Confinement in Juvenile Detention and Correctional Facilities: [United States], 1991 (ICPSR 6216)

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Summary:

This study was conducted for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to (1) collect and analyze data on conditions of confinement in public and private juvenile facilities, (2) determine the extent to which conditions were consistent with those required by nationally recognized standards for juvenile confinement facilities, (3) suggest explanations for variations in conformance to standards among facilities, and (4) assist OJJDP in formulating recommendations for improving conditions of confinement. In challenging the premise that high levels of conformance to nationally recognized standards result in improved conditions of confinement, this study examined client outcomes. Areas of concern for juvenile facilities usually center on living space, health care, security, and control of suicidal behavior. Key incident measures provided in this data collection include injuries, escapes, acts of suicidal behavior, incidents requiring emergency health care, and isolation incidents. Part 1, Mail Survey Data, collected information from facility administrators. Part 2, Site Visit Data, consists of questions answered by the juvenile inmates as well as by the independent observers who administered the on-site surveys. Additional variables in Part 2 that are not present in Part 1 include subjective measures such as the quality of the food, medical care, and recreation facilities, and whether various facility programs were effective. The study covered all 984 public and private juvenile detention centers, reception centers, training schools, and ranches, camps, and farms in the United States. Three types of facilities were excluded: (1) youth halfway houses, shelters, and group homes, (2) police lockups, adult jails, and prisons that held juveniles tried and convicted as adults, and (3) psychiatric and drug treatment programs.

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

DS1:  Mail Survey Data - Download All Files (3.5 MB)
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DS2:  Site Visit Data - Download All Files (9.6 MB)
DS3:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Mail Survey Data
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DS4:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Site Visit Data
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Study Description

Citation

Abt Associates. Conditions of Confinement in Juvenile Detention and Correctional Facilities: [United States], 1991. ICPSR06216-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1996. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06216.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (90-JN-CX-K004)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   correctional facilities (juveniles), juvenile inmates, prison adjustment, prison conditions, prison security

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1991

Date of Collection:  

  • 1991-02--1992-01

Universe:   All public and private juvenile detention centers, reception centers, training schools, and ranches, camps, and farms in the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Methodology

Sample:   Data from the mail survey were merged with data from the CENSUS OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE JUVENILE DETENTION, CORRECTIONAL, AND SHELTER FACILITIES, 1990-1991: [UNITED STATES] (ICPSR 9824) to produce a single mail-survey record for each facility. To gather the site visit data, a nationally-representative, randomly-selected sample of 30 detention centers, 30 training schools, 30 ranches, camps, and farms, and 5 reception centers was used.

Data Source:

CENSUS OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE JUVENILE DETENTION, CORRECTIONAL, AND SHELTER FACILITIES, 1990-1991: [UNITED STATES] (ICPSR 9824), questionnaires, and site visits

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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Version History:

  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

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