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Annual Survey of Jails: Jurisdiction-Level Data, 1987

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Annual Survey of Jails Data Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
correctional facilities; correctional system; demographic characteristics; jail inmates; jails; overcrowding effects; population characteristics; probation
  • Abstract

    This data collection provides annual data on jail populations across the nation and examines the "spillover" effect on local jails resulting from the dramatic growth in federal and state prison populations. These data permit an assessment of the demands placed on correctional resources and provide a complete picture of the adult correctional system and the changes that occur in that system. Information is available on the number of inmates by sex, race, adult or juvenile status, reason being held, and cause of death.
  • 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: Standardized missing values.; Created online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Annual Survey of Jails: Jurisdiction-Level Data, 1987
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1987
  • Collection date: 1988
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All locally administered county and municipal jails in the United States.
A stratified simple random sample of jurisdictions stratified by the average daily population (ADP) as reported by the National Jail Census, 1983.
Collection Mode
  • (1) The Census Bureau used a nine-digit government identification number to identify each jail uniquely. This variable has been broken up into four different variables. Users of the data will have to combine these four variables to identify a particular jail. (2) The codebook is 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.

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.2001-11-16 At the request of the principal investigator, the title for this collection was changed from National Survey of Jails: Jurisdiction-Level Data, 1987, to Annual Survey of Jails: Jurisdiction-Level Data, 1987, to more accurately reflect the scope of the survey. Corresponding documentation files have been edited to reflect the change in title. Also, the OSIRIS dictionary is no longer being distributed as part of this data collection.1999-06-16 SAS data definition statements were added to this collection, and the SPSS data definition statements were updated. Also, the codebook was converted to a PDF file. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9074 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (1989): Annual Survey of Jails: Jurisdiction-Level Data, 1987. Version 2. Annual Survey of Jails Data Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.