Track violent and property crime rates throughout the decades with local and federal law enforcement metrics, get data on illegal drug use, and see the roles jails and prisons play in the US.
Current selection: Crime — jails-and-prisons
There were 1,204,300 people in prison in the US in 2021, or 363 for every 100,000 people. Between 2011 and 2021, the prison population decreased by 25%.
Existing prison labor data lacks frequency and depth.
The death rate for incarcerated people in state and federal prisons from COVID-19 was 20% higher than for the average American.
Southern states spend the least per inmate and have some of the highest prison incarceration rates in the nation.
Death penalty statistics, including where capital punishment is legal or banned and demographics of people on death row