Survey of Youths in Custody, 1987: [United States] (ICPSR 8992)

Published: Mar 31, 1995

Principal Investigator(s):
United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

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This data collection, the first survey of youths confined to long-term, state-operated institutions, was undertaken to complement existing Children in Custody censuses. It also serves as a companion to the Surveys of State Prisons, allowing comparisons between adult and juvenile populations. The survey provides detailed information on the characteristics of youths held primarily in secure settings within the juvenile justice system. The data contain information on criminal histories, family situations, drug and alcohol use, and peer group activities. For youths committed for violent acts, data are available on the victims of their crimes and on weapon use.

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Survey of Youths in Custody, 1987:  [United States]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995-03-31.

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1987 -- 1988

ICPSR makes available the Children in Custody census files under the titles JUVENILE DETENTION AND CORRECTIONAL FACILITY CENSUS, 1971 (ICPSR 7637), 1973 (ICPSR 7639), 1974 (ICPSR 7706), 1975 (ICPSR 7707), 1977 (ICPSR 7758), 1979 (ICPSR 7846), 1982-1983 (ICPSR 8205), 1984-1985 (ICPSR 8495), and CENSUS OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE JUVENILE DETENTION, CORRECTIONAL, AND SHELTER FACILITIES, 1986-1987 (ICPSR 8973), 1988-1989 (ICPSR 9445), and 1990-1991 (ICPSR 9824). The Surveys of State Prisons are available under the titles SURVEY OF INMATES OF STATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES, 1974 (ICPSR 7811), 1979 (ICPSR 7856), 1986 (ICPSR 8711), and 1991 (ICPSR 6068).

Stratified systematic random sample.

All youths in long-term, state-operated juvenile institutional facilities.

personal interviews

survey data



1989-01-10 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:

  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • 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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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.