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Survey of California Prison Inmates, 1976

Version
v2
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Peterson, Mark A.
  • Polich, Suzanne
  • Chaiken, Jan Michael
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1984-03-18
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
convictions (law); correctional facilities; crime; criminal justice system; prison inmates; recidivism; recidivists; victimization
Description
  • Abstract

    This survey of inmates in five California prisons was conducted by the RAND Corporation with a grant from the National Institute of Justice. Researchers distributed an anonymous self-administered questionnaire to groups of 10-20 inmates at a time. Using the self-report technique, the survey obtained detailed information about the crimes committed by these prisoners prior to their incarceration. Variables were calculated to examine the characteristics of repeatedly arrested or convicted offenders (recidivists) as well as offenders reporting the greatest number of serious crimes (habitual criminals). The variables include crimes committed leading to incarceration, rates of criminal activity, and social-psychological scales for analyzing motivations to commit crimes, as well as self-reports of age, race, education, marital status, employment, income, and drug use.
  • Methods

    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: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Data File
    • DS2: SAS Data Definition Statements
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1976
  • 1976-07 / 1976-08
    Collection date: 1976-07--1976-08
Geographic Coverage
  • California
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Male prisoners who were incarcerated in five California state adult correctional institutions in July and August of 1976.
Note
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. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (83-IJ-CX-0006).
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7797 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07797.v1
Publications
  • Hochstetler, Andy, DeLisi, Matt, Puhrmann, Aaron M.. Toward an integrated model of offending frequency: A replication study. Justice Quarterly.24, (4), 582-599.2007.
    • ID: 10.1080/07418820701717128 (DOI)
  • Junger-Tas, Josine, Marshall, Ineka Haen. The self-report methodology in crime research. Crime and Justice: A Review of Research.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1999.
  • Marvell, Thomas B., Moody, Carlisle E., Jr.. Age structure and crime rates: The conflicting evidence. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.7, (3), 237-273.1991.
    • ID: 10.1007/BF01063233 (DOI)
  • Chaiken, Jan M., Chaiken, Marcia R.. Drugs and Predatory Crime. Drugs and Crime. Crime and Justice: A Review of Research.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1990.
  • Rolph, John E., Chaiken, Jan M.. Identifying High-Rate Serious Criminals From Official Records. NCJ 105249, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1987.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/105249NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • Visher, Christy A.. Incapacitation and crime control: Does a Lock 'em Up strategy reduce crime. Justice Quarterly.4, (4), 513 -1987.
    • ID: 10.1080/07418828700089511 (DOI)
  • Cohen, Jacqueline. Incapacitation as a strategy for crime control: Possibilities and pitfalls. Crime and Justice: An Annual Review of Research.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1983.
  • Chaiken, Jan M., Chaiken, Marcia R., Peterson, Joyce E.. Varieties of Criminal Behavior: Summary and Policy Implications. R-2814/1-NIJ, Santa Monica, CA: Rand. 1982.
  • Peterson, M.A., Braiker, H.B., Polich, S.. Who Commits Crimes: A Survey of Prison Inmates. Cambridge, MA: Oelgeschlager Gunn and Hahn. 1981.
  • Petersilia, Joan. Criminal career research: A review of recent evidence. Crime and Justice: An Annual Review of Research.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1980.
  • Peterson, Mark A., Braiker, Harriet B., Polich, Suzanne. Doing Crime: A Survey of California Prison Inmates. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation. 1980.
  • Peterson, Mark A., Braiker, Harriet B., Polich, Suzanne M.. Doing Crime: A Survey of California Prison Inmates, Executive Summary. NCJ 72477, Rockville, MD: National Institute of Justice. 1980.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Peterson, Mark A.; Polich, Suzanne; Chaiken, Jan Michael (1984): Survey of California Prison Inmates, 1976. Version 2. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07797.v2