The Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report that shows a slight decrease in the number of adults incarcerated in the U.S. last year. “An estimated 6,899,000 persons were under the supervision of adult correctional systems at the end of 2013, down 0.6% from 2012.” “About 1 in 35 adults (2.8%) in the United States was under some form of correction.”
The number of inmates in local jails fell by almost 2 percent to 731,200. The number of inmates rose one-third of a percent from the previous year, to 1,574,700. State facilities accounted for the increase in prison population, reversing a three-year downward trend. For the first time since 1980, the number of inmates in federal prisons actually fell.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics found “female jail, prison and probation populations grew at a faster rate than the male populations between 2000 and 2010.” There was an “estimated” 1,264,100 females being supervised by adult correctional systems at the end of 2010. That’s up from 2000. The BJS found “on average, females (up 1.6%) under correctional supervision grew at an annual rate that was twice the annual rate of males (up 0.8%) during that period.
Louisiana ranks as the state with the highest percentage of its population behind bars. There are 14 people in Louisiana jails or prisons to every 1,000 residents. Oklahoma (1300), Mississippi (1270), Alabama (1230) and Georgia (1220) follow.