U.S. Jail Count Rose 21% Between 1999 and 2013 To 731,570

  • The number of inmates in local U.S. jails increased by 21 percent between 1999 and 2013, from 605,943 to 731,570, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said today. The population growth was not steady during the period. There was a peak of 785,533 inmates in 2008. Most jail inmates stay for only a short time; jails admitted nearly 12 million people in 2013. Nearly half of the inmates were confined in jurisdictions that had 1,000 or more inmates. During the 14-year span, the female inmate population grew by 48 percent, from 68,100 to 100,940. The male inmate population increased by only 17 percent. The number of people age 17 or younger held in adult jails in 2013, 4,420, decreased by more than half from the 9,458 total of 1999.
  • Today’s repor tincludes state-level estimates of the number of inmates confined in local jails at year end 2013, by sex, race, and Hispanic origin. This report provides information on changes in the incarceration rate, average daily population, admissions, expected length of stay, rated capacity, percent of capacity occupied, and inmate-to-correctional officer ratios. It also includes data on the number of inmates confined to jail and persons admitted to jail during 2013. It includes a section on the 12 facilities that functioned as jails for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

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