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.

Survey of Jail Inmates, 1972 (ICPSR 7668)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics


This study is a follow-up to the National Jail Census, 1970. In addition to gathering more information concerning jails, the survey also collected demographic data, incarceration history, and legal status data from a sample of the inmates of local jails. The study includes basic demographic data, income and employment data, reason for incarceration, bail status, dates of admission and sentencing, length and type of sentence and previous incarceration history.

Series: Survey of Inmates in Local Jails Series

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. SURVEY OF JAIL INMATES, 1972. Conducted by U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. ICPSR07668-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1986.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    correctional facilities, criminal histories, demographic characteristics, drug use, inmate programs, inmates, jail inmates, jails, offenses, sentencing

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1972

Universe:    The survey design consisted of an original sample of 376 jails throughout the United States. There were 22 facilities at which no interviews were conducted either because they had no inmates when contacted or because they refused to participate in the survey.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Data Source:

personal interview


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

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