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US Prison Statistics

A PDF from the Prison Policy Initiative with information, statistics, and graphics regarding mass incarceration and the U.S. prison systems including:

  • How many people are incarcerated in the U.S.?
  • 74% of people held in jails are not convicted of any crime
  • Despite reforms, drug offences are still a defining characteristic of the federal system
  • Pretrial policies drive jail growth
  • Why are so many people detained in jails before trial?
  • 1 in 5 incarcerated people is locked up for a drug offense
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in correctional facilities
  • 1 out of 5 incarcerated people in the world is incarcerated in the U.S.

View the entire PDF here