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

Principal Investigator(s): Wright, James; Rossi, Peter


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.

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


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.

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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 Type(s):    survey data


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.


Original ICPSR Release:   1985-05-24

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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