National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97)

Incarceration Snapshot

The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 follows a nationally representative sample of 8,984 American youths born from 1980-1984. In 2008-2009, the 12th round of interviews were conducted with 7,490 respondents, now young adults aged 23-29. Round 12 of NLSY97 includes a substantial expansion of measures related to incarceration: whether respondents have ever been charged with and/or convicted of various criminal offenses; whether respondents have been sentenced to probation or community service; frequency, timing and duration of incarcerations; type of facility in which respondents were incarcerated (e.g., reform/training school, juvenile corrections institution, jail, prison); contact with friends and family members during incarceration; loss of employment or child custody due to incarceration; and use of programs while incarcerated (e.g., re-entry training, employment training, substance abuse treatment). Respondents are also asked about their post-release experiences, including duration and terms of parole, availability of housing, and expectations of future criminal activity and/or incarceration.

Suggested Citation:
National Center for Family & Marriage Research. Measures Snapshots: Name of Data Set.
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