Differential Use of Jail Confinement in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Yolo Counties, 1981 (ICPSR 8920)

Principal Investigator(s): Austin, James; Krisberg, Barry


This study provides detailed information on inmate characteristics, length of time in jail, methods of release, conditions of release, disciplinary violations, and types of program participation while in jail. The file contains variables for each inmate, including information about inmates' demographic characteristics, current offenses, prior records, confinement conditions, disciplinary problems, and nature and time of disposition.

Access Notes

  • One or more data files in this study are set up in a non-standard format, such as card image format. Users may need help converting these files before they can be used for analysis.

  • 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


Austin, James, and Barry Krisberg. DIFFERENTIAL USE OF JAIL CONFINEMENT IN SAN FRANCISCO, LOS ANGELES, AND YOLO COUNTIES, 1981. San Francisco, CA: National Council on Crime and Delinquency Research Center [producer], 198?. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08920.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08920.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (81-IJ-CX-0068)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    arrests, correctional facilities, criminal justice system, demographic characteristics, inmates, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981

Date of Collection:   

  • 1982--1983

Universe:    Sentenced and unsentenced inmates of jails in three California counties: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Yolo, a representative county.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data, and personal interviews

Data Collection Notes:

A table in the codebook provides general information for each site: population characteristics, jail characteristics, crime and arrest rates, type of residency, average daily jail population, annual jail admissions, proportion pretrial, Federal Bureau of Investigation indexed crime rates, and felony arrest rates.


Sample:    Sampling procedures vary by group and location. (1) Unsentenced inmates - A systematic sample was drawn at the point of booking at jail. Sampling fractions vary by jurisdiction. (2) Unsentenced inmates held more than 72 hours - Systematic samples with sampling fractions that vary by jurisdiction were drawn at the point of booking. Those who had not been taken in the first sample and who met the 72-hour criterion were taken. (3) Sentenced sample - Inmates in the sentenced group were sampled at the time of release from jail. Sampling fractions vary by jurisdictions. A total of 700 inmates was selected at each site over a 12-month period. Each sampled group contained between 200 and 300 inmates.

Data Source:

jail records, municipal and superior court records, California criminal history files, United States Department of Justice public use data files, Federal Bureau of Investigation rap sheets, and inmate interviews in Los Angeles


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-10-25

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