Survey of Inmates in Local Jails, 2002 [United States] (ICPSR 4359)

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


This collection provides nationally representative data on persons held prior to trial and on convicted offenders serving sentences in local jails or awaiting transfer to state prisons. Data cover individual characteristics of jail inmates, current offenses, sentences and time served, criminal histories, jail activities, conditions and programs, prior drug and alcohol use and treatment, and health care services provided while in jail. Part 1, Numeric Data, contains numeric data for all questions in the survey, while Part 2, Alphanumeric Data, consists of non-numeric answers to the "Other, Specify" selection available for some of the questions.

Series: Survey of Inmates in Local Jails Series

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  • One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more. You can apply online for access to the restricted-use data. A login is required to apply.

    Access to these data is restricted. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete a Restricted Data Use Agreement, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research.

    Any 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.

  • National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

    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.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Numeric Data - Download All Files (80.206 MB)
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DS2:  Alphanumeric Data - Download All Files (230.374 MB) large file
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Study Description


United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Survey of Inmates in Local Jails, 2002 [United States]. ICPSR04359-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-08-22.

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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, criminal histories, demographic characteristics, drug use, inmate programs, inmates, jail inmates, jails, offenses, sentencing

Smallest Geographic Unit:    United States

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2002

Date of Collection:   

  • 2002-01--2002-04

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Male, female and juvenile inmates held in institutions listed in the 1999 Census of Jails plus jails opened after the census but before the spring of 2002.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    The sample for the 2002 survey was selected from a universe of 3,365 jails housing 529,084 adult males, 67,464 adult females and 9,449 juvenile (both male and female) inmates. The sample design was a stratified two-stage selection, in which jails were selected in the first stages and inmates to be interviewed were selected in the second stage. In the first sampling stage, using a target jail sample size of 460, six separate strata were formed based on the size of the male, female, and juveniles populations in each jail.

Weight:    Through the application of weights and a series of adjustments, the data for the 2002 survey were weighted so that the sum of all sample weights would equal 631,241 (which was the total number of inmates in local jails on June 30, 2001, estimated by the 2001 Annual Survey of Jails). The weighting procedure consisted of a base weight for each inmate and four adjustment factors that produced the final weight for the survey.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI)

Response Rates:    84 percent

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:   2006-03-17

Version History:

  • 2012-08-22 A Restricted Data Use Agreement form was added to the documentation files that can be downloaded from the study home page.
  • 2006-11-21 The questionnaire supplied by the Principal Investigator has been appended to the codebook.

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