Statistics on Prisoner Industry, USA

editing and comment by
Dr. Bruce Henry Lambert
with links to various resources

The US correctional population overall at end 2006 directly involved 1 in every 31 adults:

-- this reported figure does not include prisoner families, guards and other personnel --




adult residents incarcerated or under community supervision:



on probation



on parole



in jail



in state and federal prisons, as below

See also:

Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Probation and Parole in the United States, 2006." data released December 2007 NCJ 220218

Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Prisoners in 2006." data released December 2007 NCJ 219416

The US Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) uses various data sets for generating prison & correctional population reports. The major difficulty is the abundance of jurisdictions (including federal, state, local, US territories, Indian Country jails, US military prisons, U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service facilities, and numerous special juvenile detention facilities). BJS collects data & compiles timely reports, then later makes revisions as additional data filters-in from recalcitrant corners of the nation. What is rather creepy is that overall figures involve millions of fellow US citizens.

The USA incarcerated a reported 2,385,213 people at end 2006:



in state and federal prisons (excludes state prisoners in local jails)



in territorial prisons



in local jails



in facilities operated by or exclusively for U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service



in military prisons



in American Indian country jails



in juvenile detention facilities

Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Prisoners in 2006." data released December 2007 NCJ 219416

The above document mentions the nice fact that:

"113,791 State and Federal prisoners were held in privately operated facilities at year end 2006."

Many prisons are overcrowded. When prisons operate above rated capacity, it is bad for guards and inmates!


The USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world. But we ain't such bad people...what's the problem?

Human Rights Watch: Prison Conditions in the United States

U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics on Prisons

Published data by Bureau of Justice Statistics

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)

Federal Bureau of Prisons Weekly Population Count

Center for Rational Correctional Policy

TRIPP: The Real Illumination on the Prison Population - "The Official Home of Corrections"

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), founded 1983, pioneer of private sector corrections industry

Wackenhut: worldwide leader in security & correctional services

The Prison Industry - "Capitalist Punishment"

"The focus of state policy is rapidly shifting from social welfare to social control..."

The Celling of America

Go to the Control Prison page:

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