Characteristics and Movement of Felons in California Prisons, 1851-1964 (ICPSR 7971)

Published: Feb 16, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
Sheldon Messinger

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Felons in the California prison system are documented in this data collection. The data are arranged by year and type of movement within the prison system, and include admissions, paroles, parole violations, suspensions or reinstatements of parole, discharges, deaths, and executions. Each record contains information on certain characteristics of the person involved, such as age at admission, race, marital status, education, military history, occupation, number of prior arrests, escape record, date and type of releases, and parole violations.

Messinger, Sheldon. Characteristics and Movement of Felons in California Prisons, 1851-1964. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice

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1851 -- 1964


All male and female felons committed to the Director of Corrections in California for the years 1851 to 1964.

California Department of Corrections Official Records

event/transaction data

survey data




  • 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.