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.

Armed Criminals in America: A Survey of Incarcerated Felons, 1983 (ICPSR 8357)

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Summary:

The data for this study were collected using self-administered questionnaires given to a nonprobability sample of incarcerated felons in ten states. Information in the data include socioeconomic status of the inmate, prior criminal record, drug use, weapon usage, family history, and demographic information.

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

DS1:  Data File - Download All Files (13.7 MB)
Documentation:
DS2:  SAS Data Definition Statements - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
Data:

ASCII + SAS Setup

Study Description

Citation

Wright, James, and Peter Rossi. Armed Criminals in America: A Survey of Incarcerated Felons, 1983. ICPSR08357-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1994. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08357.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (82-IJ-CX-0001)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   crime, demographic characteristics, drug law offenses, drug use, families, inmates, justice, socioeconomic indicators

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1983

Data Types:   survey data

Methodology

Data Source:

self-administered questionnaires

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

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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