List of U.S. states by incarceration rate

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This is a list of U.S. states by incarceration rate according to the United States Department of Justice figures from 2008 and the data list represents imprisonment rates of sentenced prisoners under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional authorities. It does not include prisoners in jails.[1]

Incarceration rate by state[edit]

A map of US states, according to number of incarcerated individuals per population of 100,000 in 2008.[1]
Rank Jurisdiction Prisoners per
100,000 population
United States 506[2]
1 Louisiana 1619[3]
2 Alabama 735
3 Oklahoma 661
4 Texas 639
5 Mississippi 634
6 Arizona 567
7 Florida 557
8 Georgia 540
9 South Carolina 519
10 Arkansas 511
11 Missouri 509
12 Kentucky 492
13 Virginia 489
14 Michigan 488
15 Nevada 486
16 Idaho 474
17 California 467
18 Colorado 467
19 Delaware 463
20 Ohio 449
21 Indiana 442
22 Tennessee 436
23 Alaska 430
24 South Dakota 412
25 Connecticut 407
26 Maryland 403
27 Pennsylvania 393
28 Wyoming 387
29 Wisconsin 374
30 Oregon 371
31 Montana 368
32 North Carolina 368
33 Illinois 351
34 Hawaii 332
35 West Virginia 331
36 New Mexico 316
37 New York 307
38 Kansas 303
39 New Jersey 298
40 Iowa 291
41 Washington 272
42 Vermont 260
43 Nebraska 247
44 Rhode Island 240
45 Utah 232
46 North Dakota 225
47 New Hampshire 220
48 Massachusetts 218
49 Minnesota 179
50 Maine 151

Comparison with other countries[edit]

The stats source is the World Prison Population List. 8th edition. Prisoners per 100,000 population.[4][5]

The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world at 754 per 100,000 (as of 2009).[6] A report released 28 February 2008, indicates that more than 1 in 100 adults in the United States are in prison.[7] The United States has less than 5% of the world's population[8] and 23% of the world's prison population.[4] In addition to overall incarceration rates, the United States is also leading in rates of female incarceration. In the United States, women make up more than one tenth of the whole prison population.[9] In most countries, the proportion of female inmates to the larger population is closer to one in twenty. Australia is the exception where the rate of female imprisonment increased from 9.2 percent in 1991 to 15.3 percent in 1999.[10]

Comparing other English-speaking developed countries, the incarceration rate of Canada is 117 per 100,000 (as of 2008), England and Wales is 154 per 100,000 (as of 2011), and Australia is 133 per 100,000 (as of 2010). Comparing other developed countries, the rate of Spain is 159 per 100,000 (as of 2011), Greece is 102 per 100,000 (as of 2009),and Japan is 59 per 100,000 (as of 2009). Comparing other countries with similar percentages of immigrants, Germany has a rate of 85 per 100,000 (as of 2010), Italy has a rate of 113 per 100,000 (as of 2010), and Saudi Arabia has a rate of 178 per 100,000 (as of 2009).[6]

The incarceration rate of the People's Republic of China varies depending on sources and measures. According to the ICPS, the rate for only sentenced prisoners is 120 per 100,000 (as of 2009) and the rate for prisoners including those in administrative detention and pre-trial detainees is 186 per 100,000 (as of 2009).[6] Su Jiang assessed the incarceration rate for all forms of imprisonment in China at 218 prisoners per 100,000 population.[11] Harry Wu, a U.S.-based human rights activist and ex-Chinese labor camp prisoner, estimates that "in the last 60 years, more than 40–50 million people" were in Chinese labor camps.[12]

In addition, the United States has striking statistics when observing the racial dimension of mass incarceration. According to Michelle Alexander, the United States "imprisons a larger percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid."[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b United States Bureau of Justice Statistics (December 2009). "Prisoners in 2008". United States Department of Justice. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  2. ^ United States Bureau of Justice Statistics (December 2009). "Prisoners in 2008". United States Department of Justice. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2012/05/louisiana_is_the_worlds_prison.html
  4. ^ a b World Prison Population List. 8th edition. By Roy Walmsley. Published in 2009. International Centre for Prison Studies. School of Law, King's College London.
  5. ^ Human Development Report 2007/2008 (HDR 2007/2008). For prison population per 100,000 people see Table 27 on page 322 of the full report. UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), using data from the World Prison Population List, 7th edition. HDR 2009 does not contain a prison population table.
  6. ^ a b c International Centre for Prison Studies (18 Mar 2010). "Prison Brief - Highest to Lowest Rates". World Prison Brief. London: King's College London School of Law. Archived from the original on 25 March 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008". The Pew Center on the States. 28 February 2008. 
  8. ^ "US & World Population Clock". U.S. Census Bureau. 
  9. ^ Carlen, Pat (2004). Analysing Women's Imprisonment. Portland: Willan Publishing. p. 43. 
  10. ^ Carlen, Pat (2004). Analysing Women's Imprisonment. Portland: Willan Publishing. p. 42. 
  11. ^ Jiang, Su. "Measuring Prison Population in China: A Preliminary Observation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of The Law and Society Association, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 27 May 2008
  12. ^ Wu, Harry (1 March 2010). One on One (audio). Interview with Chris Johnstone. Radio Prague. Český rozhlas 7. Prague, Czech Republic. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  13. ^ Alexander, Michelle (2010). The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: The New Press. p. 7. 

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