Saturday, November 16, 2013

Land of the Free? Hardly, Try Prison Capital of the World




CountryUNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Ministry responsibleDepartment of Justice
Prison administrationFederal Bureau of Prisons, state and local correctional authorities
Contact address320 First Street N.W, Washington DC 20534
Telephone/fax/websiteweb: www.bop.gov
Head of prison administration
(and title)
Charles E. Samuels Jr.
Director of Federal Bureau of Prisons
Prison population total
(including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
2,239,751
at 2011 (U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics - 735,601 in local jails at 30.6.2011, 1,504,150 in state or federal prisons at 31.12.2011)
Prison population rate
(per 100,000 of national population)
716
based on an estimated national population of 312.72 million at end of 2011 (U.S. Census Bureau)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners
(percentage of prison population)
19.9%
(31.12.2011)
Female prisoners
(percentage of prison population)
8.7%
(31.12.2010)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners
incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
0.4%
(30.6.2009 - juveniles)
Foreign prisoners
(percentage of prison population)
6.8%
(of state and federal prisoners only, 31.12.2011)
Number of establishments /
institutions
4,575
(3,283 local jails at 2006, 1,190 state confinement facilities at 2005, 102 federal confinement facilities at 2005)
Official capacity of prison systemc.2,265,000
(2011 - local jails at 30.6.2011, state and federal prisons at 31.12.2011. This figure is only an estimate since data for state prisons is incomplete.)
Occupancy level (based on official
capacity)
c.99%
(This estimate is based on local jail figures at 30.6.2011 and state and federal figures at 31.12.2011.)
Recent prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
19951,585,586(592)
20001,937,482(683)
20042,135,335(725)
20062,258,792(752)
20082,307,504(755)
20102,270,142(731)

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