BJS: Jail Populations Shrinking


Local jail populations continued their decline during the first half of 2014, according to an annual report by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics.

There was an estimated 744,600 inmates in city and county jails at midyear 2014, according to the report, down about five percent from the peak year of 2008.

About 6 in 10 inmates were not convicted, but were in jail awaiting court action, “a rate unchanged since 2005,” the report notes.

The report notes that the jail population was roughly 20 percent larger than in 2000.

Also on the rise is the population of female jail inmates. While males decreased three percent between 2010 and 2014, the female population rose 18 percent.

Read the full report HERE.

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