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Women in Prison, 1800-1935: Tennessee, New York, and Ohio

Version
v0
Resource Type
Dataset : census/enumeration data
Creator
  • Rafter, Nicole Hahn
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1986-08-18
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
correctional facilities; demographic characteristics; criminal justice system; sentencing; women; United States; New York; Ohio; Tennessee
Description
  • Abstract

    This data collection focused on problems in the women's correctional system over a 135-year period. More specifically, it examined the origins and development of prisoner and sentencing characteristics in three states. Demographic data on female inmates cover age, race, parents' place of birth, prisoner's occupation, religion, and marital status. Other variables include correctional facilities, offenses, minimum and maximum sentences, prior commitments, method of release from prison, and presence of crime partners.
  • 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:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1800 / 1935
    Time period: 1800--1935
  • 1979 / 1980
    Collection date: 1979--1980
Sampled Universe
All women housed in state prisons in the United States from 1800 to 1935.
Sampling
In Tennessee, New York, and Ohio, cases were identified from official prison records that included a time span of ten years before and after the opening of separate women's state prisons.
Collection Mode
  • The codebook and data collection instrument for this collection are provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

Note
2000-10-16 SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been added to this collection, and the codebook and data collection instrument are now available as a PDF file. ICPSR also checked the data for undocumented codes. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (79-NI-AX-0039).
Availability
Delivery
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (help@icpsr.umich.edu).
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8481 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08481.v1
Publications
  • Rafter, Nicole Hahn. Partial Justice: Women, Prisons, and Social Control, 2nd Edition. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction. 1990.
  • Rafter, Nicole Hahn. Partial Justice: Women in State Prisons, 1800-1935. Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press. 1985.
  • Rafter, N.H.. Chastising the Unchaste: Social Control Functions of the Women's Reformatory System. Social Control and the State: Comparative and Historical Essays.Oxford Martin Robertson and Co.. 1983.
  • Rafter, Nicole H.. Prisons for Women, 1790-1980. Crime and Justice: An Annual Review of Research.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1983.
  • Rafter, Nicole H.. Current Problems of the Women's Correctional System: Origins and Development, Executive Summary. NCJ 86396, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1981.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/86396NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • Rafter, Nicole H.. Current Problems of the Women's Correctional System: Origins and Development, Final Report. NCJ 86395, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1981.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/86395NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • Rafter, N.H.. Female State Prisoners in Tennessee 1831-1979. Tennessee Historical Quarterly.39, (4), 485-497.1980.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Rafter, Nicole Hahn (1986): Women in Prison, 1800-1935: Tennessee, New York, and Ohio. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08481