Women in Prison, 1800-1935: Tennessee, New York, and Ohio (ICPSR 8481)
Principal Investigator(s): Rafter, Nicole Hahn
This data collection focused on problems in the women's correctional system over a 135-year period. More specifically, it examined the origins and development of prisoner and sentencing characteristics in three states. Demographic data on female inmates cover age, race, parents' place of birth, prisoner's occupation, religion, and marital status. Other variables include correctional facilities, offenses, minimum and maximum sentences, prior commitments, method of release from prison, and presence of crime partners.
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These data are freely available.
Rafter, Nicole Hahn. WOMEN IN PRISON, 1800-1935: TENNESSEE, NEW YORK, AND OHIO. 2nd ICPSR version. Boston, MA: Northeastern University, College of Criminal Justice [producer], 1980. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08481.v2
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08481.v2
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (79-NI-AX-0039)
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: correctional facilities, demographic characteristics, criminal justice system, sentencing, women, United States, New York, Ohio, Tennessee
Date of Collection:
Universe: All women housed in state prisons in the United States from 1800 to 1935.
Data Types: census/enumeration data
Data Collection Notes:
The codebook and data collection instrument for this collection are provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.
Sample: In Tennessee, New York, and Ohio, cases were identified from official prison records that included a time span of ten years before and after the opening of separate women's state prisons.
official prison records
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 1986-08-18
- 2000-10-16 SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been added to this collection, and the codebook and data collection instrument are now available as a PDF file. ICPSR also checked the data for undocumented codes.
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