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Prison Brief (United States)

Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
2 228 424
at 2012 (U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics – 744,524 in local jails at 30.6.2012, 1,483,900 in state or federal prisons at 31.12.2012)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
707
based on an estimated national population of 315.1 million at end of 2012 (U.S. Census Bureau)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
21.6%
(2012)

Further Information

Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
9.0%
(2012)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
0.4%
(30.6.2009 – juveniles)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
6.8%
(of state and federal prisoners only, 31.12.2011)
Number of establishments / institutions
4 575
(3,283 local jails at 2006, 1,190 state confinement facilities at 2005, 102 federal confinement facilities at 2005)
Official capacity of prison system
2 265 000
c.2,265,000 (2011 – local jails at 30.6.2011, state and federal prisons at 31.12.2011. This figure is only an estimate since data for state prisons is incomplete.)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
99.0%
(This estimate is based on local jail figures at 30.6.2011 and state and federal figures at 31.12.2011.)

 

 

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