United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
The purpose of this survey was to obtain information on the
characteristics of persons confined to prison and the circumstances
and conditions of their confinement. The survey focuses on topics and
issues that are of current and continuing concern to the correctional
community and researchers. Information in the survey includes prison
conditions such as staffing, space, and overcrowding, inmate rights and
privileges, and rules and regulations concerning prison operation and
inmate behavior. Additional data are provided on the presence of educational
and vocational programs, drug and alcohol programs, medical treatment, and
Survey of Inmates of State and Federal Correctional Facilities Series
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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Survey of Inmates of State Correctional Facilities, 1979. ICPSR07856-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07856.v3
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07856.v3
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- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Scope of Study
correctional facilities (adults),
Date of Collection:
Persons confined to state correctional facilities in the
United States in 1979.
Stratified two-stage selection with probabilities
proportional to size measures.
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.
Original ICPSR Release: 1984-03-18
- 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.
- 1997-02-13 SAS data definition statements are now available
for this collection and the SPSS data definition statements have been
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