The number of individuals in jail and prison for every U.S. county

If you live in Florida you have over twice as much chance of being thrown in jail or prison as someone who lives in North Dakota.

Jail incarceration rate Per 100,000 residents age 15-64
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Key facts:
– Incarceration grew the most outside the largest counties (large counties grew by 2.8 times, while midsize counties grew by 4.1 times, and small counties grew by 6.9 times.)
– Since 1970, the number of women held in jail has increased 14x from fewer than 8,000 women in 1970 to 110,000 women in jails in 2014.
– Today, African Americans make up nearly 40% of the jail population and experience particularly high incarceration rates in mid-sized and small counties.


Data: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Annual Survey of Jails, Census of Jails.

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