Year

Overview

Name of authority in charge of the prison service

Department of Justice

Total number of prisoners

2,121,600

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U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that 704,500 people are held in local jails, 1,228,800 in state prisons, 188,300 federal prisons. In addition, there are prisoners in the 80 Indian Country Jails (2,540 at mid-year 2016) and in the 1,852 juvenile facilities (50,821 at 2014).

Incarceration rate (per 100,000 inhabitants)

655

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Prison density

104 %

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Total number of prison facilities

4,455

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