Number of Jails in the US

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How many jails are there in the US?


According to the latest Census of Jails available data (1999), published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the amount of jail facilities in the US equals 3,365. In 2008, the average occupation rate was 95% of jail capacity. The facilities with the highest concentration of inmates are located in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Louisiana ‘“ about 50% of the total inmate population is held in these states.

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