Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: SJ-043-003-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1988

Subject Area: Anomic Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: National jail census, 1988.  [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: 9256

Date Accessioned: 8/11/1994

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: NATIONAL JAIL CENSUS, 1988 is the fifth in a series of data collection efforts aimed at studying the nation's locally administered jails. For purposes of this data collection, a jail was defined as a confinement facility intended for holding adults and in some cases juveniles pending adjudication or having sentences of a year or less. Jails were further defined as being administered and staffed by municipal or county employees. Also included in this collection are six jails that are now privately operated under contract for local governments. Variables include information on jail population by legal status, age, and sex of prisoners, maximum sentence, admissions and releases, available services, structure and capacity, expenditure, and employment.

SOURCE: official records

UNIVERSE: All locally administered jails in the United States.

NOTE: The mailing list used for the census was derived from data gathered from the AMERICAN CORRECTIONAL ASSOCIATION DIRECTORY OF JUSTICE AGENCIES, publications such as AMERICAN JAILS, telephone calls to large metropolitan jail systems (e.g., New York City), state jail inspection bureaus, and newspaper articles. Following the initial mailout to 3,448 facilities, 44 jails were added and 176 deleted according to the criteria for inclusion, leaving a total of 3,316 facilities in 44 states. Excluded from the Census were federal or state administered facilities including the combined jail-prison systems in Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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

DATA TYPE: aggregate data

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

TIME PERIOD: July 1, 1987-June 30, 1988

DATE OF COLLECTION: August 1, 1988-March 1989

Media/File Reports:

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