Study Description

Private Prison News Project: Article Data from New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Houston Chronicle, 1985-2008

Unique Identification Number: JB-018-001-1-1-United States-DISC-1985

Bibliographic Citation: Private Prison News Project: Article data from New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Houston Chronicle, 1985-2008 [machine readable data file]. Oliver, Pamela E. with Brett C. Burkhardt [principal investigators], 2011/ Data and Information Services Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison [distributors], 2014. <http://www.disc.wisc.edu/archive/prisonnews/index.html>; ().

Summary of Contents: The Private Prison News Project (PPNP) gathered mass media coverage of prison privatization in the United States. The "PPNP_article_public" data file contains data on the population of articles that contained any mention of private adult detention facilities in the United States published in four newspapers (Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times) from 1985 through 2008. There is one record for each article, with an N of 1,491 articles. Various characteristics of each article were coded by human coders, including basic publication information and codes derived through a combination of induction and deduction. The article-level data file contains 55 variables, which are described in the file "PPNP table of article level variables". The file "FRAMING CODEBOOK FINAL (ARTICLE LEVEL)" contains instructions used to code "frames" in a sub-set of articles.

Geographic Coverage: n/a (data are from newspapers: Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times)

Time Span Covered by the Study: 1985-2008

Date of Data Collection: September 2009-August 2011

Descriptors: media, newspapers, prisons, private prisons, privatization

Technical Notes: Data is in CSV format.

Funding Support: National Science Foundation Grant No. 0925328.

Publications: Burkhardt, Brett C. 2011. "Private Corrections and Public Discourse: The Emergence and Legitimation of Modern Correctional Privatization in the United States, 1985-2008." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Burkhardt, Brett C. 2011. "Private Prisons in Public Discourse: Measuring Moral Legitimacy." Politics, Culture, and Society Working Papers Series.

Classification: Unrestricted.