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National Survey of AIDS in Correctional Facilities, 1985-1990, 1992 (ICPSR 6437) RSS

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In late 1985, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) began its first study of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in correctional facilities. The objective of the study was to report on the incidence and institutional management of AIDS within the federal and state prison systems, as well as in the nation's largest jails. The study was conducted annually from 1985-1990 and biannually thereafter. This collection contains data collected in 1985-1990 and 1992 via a mail questionnaire. Questionnaires were sent each year to the correctional departments of all 50 states, the federal prison system, and 33 to 37 large city and county jail systems. In addition, in 1987-1990, Canadian prison systems were surveyed. A different questionnaire was used in each of the seven years of data collection. However, each questionnaire addressed the same major topics: inmate population, numbers of inmate cases of AIDS and AIDS-Related Complex (ARC), aggregate results of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) antibody testing programs, and major policies regarding AIDS (training and education, testing, medical and psycho-social services, housing, precautionary measures, confidentiality), as well as associated legal and cost issues. The 1992 questionnaire collected additional information on the prevalence of and policies toward inmates with tuberculosis.

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

WARNING: Because this study has many datasets, the download all files option has been suppressed, and you will need to download one dataset at a time.

DS0:  Study-Level Files
Documentation:
DS1:  1985 Data - Download All Files (2,096 KB)
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ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS2:  1986 Data - Download All Files (2,189 KB)
DS3:  1987 Data - Download All Files (2,460 KB)
DS4:  1988 Data - Download All Files (3,238 KB)
DS5:  1989 Data - Download All Files (3,104 KB)
DS6:  1990 Data - Download All Files (2,396 KB)
DS7:  1992 Data - Download All Files (3,684 KB)
DS9:  SAS Data Definition Statements for 1985 Data - Download All Files (2,077 KB)
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ASCII + SAS Setup
DS10:  SAS Data Definition Statements for 1986 Data - Download All Files (2,041 KB)
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DS11:  SAS Data Definition Statements for 1987 Data - Download All Files (2,122 KB)
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DS12:  SAS Data Definition Statements for 1988 Data - Download All Files (2,266 KB)
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ASCII + SAS Setup
DS13:  SAS Data Definition Statements for 1989 Data - Download All Files (2,228 KB)
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ASCII + SAS Setup
DS14:  SAS Data Definition Statements for 1990 Data - Download All Files (2,075 KB)
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ASCII + SAS Setup
DS15:  SAS Data Definition Statements for 1992 Data - Download All Files (2,408 KB)
Data:

ASCII + SAS Setup

Study Description

Citation

Abt Associates. National Survey of AIDS in Correctional Facilities, 1985-1990, 1992. ICPSR06437-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995. doi:10.3886/ICPSR06437.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (1985: J-LEAA-011-81, 1986-1988: OJP-86-C-002,1989-1990, 1992: OJP-89-C-009)
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   AIDS, correctional facilities, corrections management, inmate populations, policies and procedures

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1985--1990
  • 1992

Unit of Observation:   Correctional systems.

Universe:   The universe in each year consisted of the 50 state correctional departments in the United States, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and 33 to 37 large city and county jails. In addition, for 1987-1990, the universe also included selected Canadian prison systems.

Data Types:   survey data

Methodology

Study Purpose:   Correctional administrators must address many of the same issues regarding Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) faced by public health and other government officials--education, testing, confidentiality, and prevention of transmission. In addition, they must be concerned with issues specific to corrections--segregated housing, rape, and other violent victimization. In late 1985, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) began its first study of AIDS in correctional facilities. The objective of the study was to report on the incidence and institutional management of AIDS within federal and state prison systems, as well as in the nation's largest jails. The study was conducted annually from 1985-1990 and biannually thereafter. Data were collected to address policy options and the range of correctional practice with respect to testing, housing, medical care, and education programs.

Study Design:   Data were collected in 1985-1990 and 1992 via a mail questionnaire. Questionnaires were sent to the correctional departments of all 50 states, the federal prison system, and 33 to 37 large city and county jail systems. In addition, in 1987-1990, Canadian prison systems were surveyed. Questionnaire respondents were assured that data on the incidence of AIDS and related conditions would not be identified by state or jurisdiction. Consequently, no prison system is specifically identified in the data. This dataset contains the responses to the mail questionnaires. The first six years of this study were funded by the National Institute of Justice, and the seventh year was funded by both NIJ and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires

Description of Variables:   A different questionnaire was used in each of the seven years of data collection. However, each questionnaire addressed the same major topics: inmate population, numbers of inmate cases of AIDS and AIDS-Related Complex (ARC), aggregate results of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) antibody testing programs, and major policies regarding AIDS (training and education, testing, medical and psycho-social services, housing, precautionary measures, confidentiality), as well as associated legal and cost issues. The 1992 questionnaire collected additional information on the prevalence of and policies toward inmates with tuberculosis.

Response Rates:   Response rates were 100 percent for state correctional departments and the Federal Bureau of Prisons in each year. Response rates for Canadian systems were 100 percent for years 1987, 1988, and 1990, and 92 percent in 1989. City and county jail response rates varied from 76 percent to 94 percent during the seven years.

Presence of Common Scales:   None.

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

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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 16 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 8 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 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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