Gender of Prisoners Admitted to State and Federal Institutions in the United States, 1926-1987 (ICPSR 9517)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics; Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research


This data collection includes tabulations of annual adult admissions to federal and state correctional institutions by gender for the years 1926 through 1987. The two data files have identical structures: Part 1 includes information on male admissions, and Part 2 includes information on female admissions. The 3,348 cases in each part include one case for each of the 62 years of the collection for each of the following 54 categories: the 50 states, the District of Columbia, federal institutional totals, state cumulative totals, and United States totals (the sum of the federal and state cumulative totals). The figures were drawn from a voluntary reporting program in which each state, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons reported summary and detailed statistics, as part of the National Prisoner Statistics reporting series. Each file also includes individual state and United States general population figures.

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.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Male Admissions, 1926-1987 - Download All Files (1.707 MB)
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DS2:  Female Admissions, 1926-1987 - Download All Files (1.712 MB)
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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. GENDER OF PERSONS ADMITTED TO STATE AND FEDERAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES, 1926-1987. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1997.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    correctional facilities, federal correctional facilities, female inmates, gender, inmates, male inmates, state

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1926--1987

Date of Collection:   

  • 1926--1987

Universe:    (1) All adult felons serving a sentence in a federal or state institution (prior to 1972) and (2) all persons sentenced as adults or youthful offenders and whose maximum sentence length was a year and a day or longer (1972 and after).

Data Type(s):    aggregate data


Data Source:

(1) NATIONAL PRISONER STATISTICS report series, and (2) Federal Bureau of Prisons publications

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


Original ICPSR Release:   1991-10-23

Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 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.
  • 1997-09-19 SAS data definition statements have been added to this collection, and the SPSS data definition statements were updated.

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