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.
United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Survey of Inmates of State Correctional Facilities and Census of State Adult Correctional Facilities, 1974. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07811.v3
United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research