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

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


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.

Access Notes

  • 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


U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. SURVEY OF YOUTHS IN CUSTODY, 1987: [UNITED STATES]. Conducted by U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. 3rd ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1994.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alcohol abuse, criminal histories, drug abuse, family history, juvenile crime, juvenile inmates, juvenile offenders, prisons

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987--1988

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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).


Sample:    Stratified systematic random sample.

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:

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


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-01-10

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