Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: SJ-008-004-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1989

Subject Area: Anomic Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Survey of inmates of local jails, 1989.  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9419

Date Accessioned: 6/24/1994

Number of Files Received: 13

Comments: Data are in ASCII format and stored on a CD-ROM (DP7021).

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Machine-readable and a users' booklet.

Abstract: This survey of Inmates of Local Jails, 1989: [United States] has been conducted every five or six years since 1972. The collection provides nationally representative data on persons held prior to trial and on those convicted offenders serving sentences in local jails or awaiting transfer to state prisons. Data were collected on individual characteristics of jail inmates (sex, race, ethnicity, Hispanic origin, employment), current offenses and sentences, characteristics of victims, criminal histories, jail activities and programs, prior drug and alcohol use and treatment, and health care services provided while in jail.

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: Male and female inmates held in institutions listed in the NATIONAL JAIL CENSUS, 1988, conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

SAMPLE: The sample design was a stratified two-stage selection. In the first stage, six strata were formed on the basis of the size of the male and female inmate populations in each jail. All of the jails in strata 1 and 2 were in the sample with certainty. In the remaining four strata, a systematic sample of jails was selected. In the second stage of sampling, separate systematic samples of male and female inmates were chosen from each jail.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: OSIRIS and Card Image, with SPSS Control Cards for each


DATE OF COLLECTION: July-September 1989


Beck, Allen J. ''Profile of Jail Inmates, 1989. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report.'' Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics, April 1991.

Media/File Reports:

ICPSR Direct