Many US Prisons Operating Above Their Highest Rated Capacity At Yearend 2015

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"• At yearend 2015, 18 states and the BOP met or exceeded the maximum measure of their prison facilities’ capacity, and 26 states and the BOP had a number of prisoners in their custody that met or exceeded their minimum number of beds (appendix table 1).
"• Prison facilities in Illinois held 46,200 prisoners at yearend 2015, 145% of the rated capacity of 31,900 (their maximum capacity), and 165% of the design capacity of 28,000 (their minimum capacity).
??"• Jurisdictions with more prisoners in custody than the maximum number of beds for which their facilities were designed, rated, or operationally intended included Illinois (145%), Nebraska (125%), Massachusetts (123%), the BOP (120%), Delaware (117%), and Hawaii (115%)."


E. Ann Carson, PhD, and Elizabeth Anderson. Prisoners In 2015. Washington, DC: US Dept of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, Dec. 2016, NCJ250229, p. 16.

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