United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
This data collection supplies annual data on the size of
the prison population and the size of the general population in the
United States for the period 1925 to 1986. These yearend counts
include tabulations for prisons in each of the 50 states and the
District of Columbia, as well as the federal prisons, and are intended
to provide a measure of the overall size of the prison population. The
figures were provided from a voluntary reporting program in which each
state, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons
reported summary statistics as part of the statistical information on
prison populations in the United States.
U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. HISTORICAL STATISTICS ON PRISONERS IN STATE AND FEDERAL INSTITUTIONS, YEAREND 1925-1986: UNITED STATES. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1997. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08912.v1
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08912.v1
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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
criminal justice system,
Date of Collection:
All prisoners in the United States from 1925-1986.
Data Collection Notes:
(1) This data collection preserves what was reported in
the historical record. No attempts were made to correct any errors
that may have existed in the record. (2) Appendix C is available only in
hardcopy form upon request from ICPSR.
National Prisoner Statistics Reports, general
population counts, and estimates from "Current Population Reports,"
Series P-25, conducted by the Bureau of the Census
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.
Original ICPSR Release: 1989-05-04
- 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.
- 1997-06-24 SAS and SPSS data definition statements for the
logical record length version of the data have been added to this
collection, and the codebook was reformatted to reinstate truncated
Justice Research and Statistics Association
Crime and Justice Atlas 2000
United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.
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