Jail Population in the US in 2000 and from 2009-2015

According to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, US jails held, as confined inmates, 621,149 people in 2000; 767,434 people in 2009; 748,728 people in 2010; 735,601 people in 2011; 744,524 people in 2012; 731,208 people in 2013; 744,592 people in 2014; and 693,300 people in 2015.

(Note: Counts are of inmates held in local jails are for the last weekday of June for each year. Counts were estimated from the Annual Survey of Jails.)


Todd D. Minton and Zhen Zeng, "Jail Inmates in 2015," Bureau of Justice Statistics (Washington, DC: Department of Justice, December 2016), NCJ250394, Table 1, p. 3.