Research

New York State Department of Correctional Services Inmate Admission and Release Files

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The Admission and Release files contain criminal and demographic data on all inmates admitted to and released from facilities supervised by the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) between 1976 and 1984. Each record identifies inmate's name, gender, ethnicity, education level, occupation, drug use, type of prior record, marital status, crime committed, and sentence imposed. The release record describes the conditions of the inmate's release from department custody, and includes release date, type, facility, and whether the release is a first parole.
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Quantity:
0.2 cubic feet (2 magnetic tape reels)
Inclusive Dates:
1976-1984
Series Number:
19684

Arrangement

Numerical by inmate identification number.

Administrative History

In 1975, the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) received a federal grant to replace its pre-1976 inmate history system with the Offender Based State Corrections Information System (OBSCIS). OBSCIS was designed to track inmate movement throughout the correctional system. It was also used to support operational studies and studies of population trends and characteristics. DOCS generated annual OBSCIS Admission and Release data files for research use.

Scope and Content Note

The Admission and Release files contain criminal and demographic data on all inmates admitted to and released from DOCS facilities between 1976 and 1984. Each record identifies inmate's name, gender, ethnicity, education level, occupation, drug use, type of prior record and marital status. Each record also contains information on the crime committed and sentence imposed.

The admission record further describes the circumstance of the admission, including admission date, type and facility. The release record describes the conditions of the inmate's release from department custody, and includes release date, type, facility and whether the release is a first parole.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Restricted. Inmate names are suppressed in the public use copy.

Related Information

Other finding aids

"Users' Guide to the Dept. of Correctional Services Offender Based State Corrections Information System, Admission and Release Files, 1976-1984" (prepared by Archives staff) is available at the repository.

Extensive hard copy documentation (provided by the Dept. of Correctional Services) concerning the use of this series is also available at the repository.

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