A public use data tape has been prepared to permit secondary analysis of RAND's 1978 survey of prison and jail inmates in three states. This Note documents the self-report data on the tape. The survey instrument was divided into six modules covering the respondents' criminal background, psychological correlates of criminal behavior, nature and amount of criminal activity, use of drugs and alcohol, demographic characteristics, and experiences while in prison. Survey questions and response codes are described and annotated. A companion Note (N-2017) documents official record data on the tape.
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