Inmate Victimization in State Prisons in the United States, 1979 (ICPSR 8087)

Principal Investigator(s): Schreiber, Jan E.


This data collection was designed to determine the nature and extent of victimization in state prisons across the nation. In particular, it examines topics such as prison living conditions, prison programs, prison safety, and inmates' participation in or victimization by other inmates with respect to several types of property and bodily crimes. Also presented are a set of attitudinal measures dealing with inmates' thoughts and perceptions on a variety of subjects, including their reactions to general statements about prison life and to a series of hypothetical situations.

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  • 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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Study Description


Schreiber, Jan E. Inmate Victimization in State Prisons in the United States, 1979. ICPSR08087-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999.

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This study was funded by:

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

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    assault, correctional facilities, crime, criminal justice system, inmates, parole, victimization, violence

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1979

Date of Collection:   

  • 1979

Universe:    Inmates in state prisons in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Stratified, randomly drawn sample of institutions.

Data Source:

personal interviews

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:   1984-03-18

Version History:

  • 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.
  • 1999-04-26 SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been added to this collection. Also, the codebook has been converted to a PDF file.

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