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Survey of Inmates of State Correctional Facilities and Census of State Adult Correctional Facilities, 1974 (ICPSR 7811) RSS

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The survey and census were part of a series of data collection efforts undertaken to assist policymakers in assessing and remedying deficiencies in the nation's correctional institutions. The survey was designed to provide information on social and economic characteristics of inmates, criminal and correctional background, court experience, and prison routine. The census gathered a wide range of information on all federal correctional facilities operating in 1974. The focus of the survey file is on the inmate, while the focus of the census file is on the facility.

Series: Survey of Inmates of State and Federal Correctional Facilities Series

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  • These data are freely available.


DS1:  Survey of Inmates of State Correctional Facilities, 1974 - Download All Files (30.3 MB)
DS2:  Census of State Adult Correctional Facilities, 1974 - Download All Files (23.1 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Survey of Inmates of State Correctional Facilities and Census of State Adult Correctional Facilities, 1974. ICPSR07811-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990.

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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, correctional facilities (adults), corrections, corrections management, criminal histories, drug abuse, inmate classification, inmate deaths, inmate populations, inmate programs, inmates, jails, offenses, prison administration, prison conditions, prison construction, prison overcrowding, prison violence, substance abuse, treatment programs

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1974

Date of Collection:  

  • 1974

Universe:   The survey sample totaled 10,000 inmates or approximately 1 in every 18 offenders under the jurisdiction of state correctional authorities. The data collection includes 9,040 of these interviews. The census enumerated all 592 state correctional facilities.

Data Types:   survey data


Data Source:

personal interviews and mail canvass


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