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Survey of Jail and Prison Inmates, 1978: California, Michigan, Texas (ICPSR 8169) RSS

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This survey was was conducted as part of the Rand Corporation's research program on career criminals. Rand's Second Inmate Survey was administered in late 1978 and early 1979 to convicted male inmates at 12 prisons and 14 county jails in California, Michigan, and Texas. The purpose of the survey was to provide detailed information about the criminal behavior of offenders and their associated characteristics. Emphasis was also placed on investigating other major areas of interest such as the quality of prisoner self-reports, varieties of criminal behavior, selective incapacitation, and prison treatment programs.

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DS1:  Primary Survey from Modules A-E for All Inmates - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
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DS2:  Retest Survey from Modules A-E - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS3:  Primary Survey from Module F - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS4:  Retest Survey from Module F - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS5:  Official Record Data for California Prisoners - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS6:  Official Record Data for Michigan Prisoners - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS7:  Official Record Data for Texas Prisoners - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS8:  Primary Survey from Modules A-E for Texas Prisoner Replacements - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS9:  Primary Survey from Module F for Texas Prisoner Replacements - Download All Files (0 MB)
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DS10:  Official Records Data for Texas Prisoner Replacements - Download All Files (0 MB)
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DS11:  Survey from Modules A-E for Texas Jail Respondents - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS12:  Primary Survey from Modules A-E for All Inmates (Frequencies)
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DS13:  Retest Survey from Modules A-E (Frequencies)
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DS14:  Primary Survey from Module F (Frequencies)
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DS15:  Retest Survey from Module F (Frequencies)
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DS16:  Official Record Data for California Prisoners (Frequencies)
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DS17:  Official Record Data for Michigan Prisoners (Frequencies)
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DS18:  Official Record Data for Texas Prisoners (Frequencies)
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DS19:  Primary Survey from Modules A-E for Texas Prisoner Replacements(Frequencies)
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DS20:  Primary Survey from Module F for Texas Prisoner Replacements(Frequencies)
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DS21:  Official Records Data for Texas Prisoner Replacements (Frequencies)
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DS22:  Survey from Modules A-E for Texas Jail Respondents (Frequencies)
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DS23:  Codebook
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DS24:  SAS Control Cards - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS25:  Follow-up Data, California 1 - Download All Files (0 MB)
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DS26:  Follow-up Data, California 2 - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS27:  Follow-up Data, California 3 - Download All Files (0 MB)
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DS28:  Follow-up Data, California 4 - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS29:  Follow-up Data, Michigan 1 - Download All Files (0 MB)
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DS30:  Follow-up Data, Michigan 2 - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS31:  Follow-up Data, Michigan 3 - Download All Files (0 MB)
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DS32:  Follow-up Data, Michigan 4 - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS33:  Follow-up Data, Texas 1 - Download All Files (0 MB)
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DS34:  Follow-up Data, Texas 2 - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS35:  Follow-up Data, Texas 3 - Download All Files (0 MB)
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DS36:  Follow-up Data, Texas 4 - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS37:  Codebook for Parts 25-36
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Study Description

Citation

Rand Corporation. Survey of Jail and Prison Inmates, 1978: California, Michigan, Texas. ICPSR08169-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08169.v2

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (83-BJ-CX-0011, and 83-IJ-CX-0057)
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   correctional facilities, crime, criminal justice system, inmates, social attitudes and behavior

Geographic Coverage:   California, Michigan, Texas, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1978--1988

Date of Collection:  

  • 1978--1988

Universe:   Rand Inmate Survey offenders serving prison sentences at the time of the 1978 interview in California, Michigan, and Texas.

Data Types:   event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

In order to preserve confidentiality, most dates have been converted to represent the number of days from arrest to sentencing.

Methodology

Sample:   Offenders for whom individual criminal justice histories or rap sheets were provided by each of the three states. Rap sheet information for Michigan inmates was supplemented with prison entrance and exit dates provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections.

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individual criminal justice histories, or rap sheets

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