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BJS collects data on both noncitizens held in state or federal prison or local jail, and on persons held by the U.S. Immigration of Customs and Enforcement (ICE). Note - there is an important difference between the terms noncitizens and inmates held by or for ICE. See Terms and Definitions for more information. 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees - BJS obtains yearend prison counts of persons detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), formerly the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security. The Annual Survey of Jails also collects jail counts persons held for ICE. ICE inmates may be held for immigration violations in federal, state, and locally operated prisons and jails, privately-operated facilities under exclusive contract, and ICE-operated facilities.

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Correctional Populations in the United States, 2012 TOTAL U.S. CORRECTIONAL POPULATION DECLINED IN 2012 FOR FOURTH YEAR
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Inmate population in jail jurisdictions reporting on the number of confined non-U.S. citizens, midyear 2000-2008 Table 8 from Jail Inmates at Midyear 2008 Statistical Tables
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Reported number of non-U.S. citizens held in state or federal prisons, by gender, region, and jurisdiction, June 30, 2007-2008 Table 20 from Prison Inmates at Midyear 2008 - Statistical Tables
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Prisoners in 2007 Presents data on prisoners under jurisdiction of federal or state correctional authorities on December 31, 2007, collected from the National Prisoner Statistics series.
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Number of detainees held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), by facility type, December 31, 2006 and 2007 Appendix Table 18 from Prisoners in 2007
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Number of detainees in custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities, by offense type, December 31, 2007 Appendix Table 19 from Prisoners in 2007
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Prisoners in 2006 Reports the number of persons in State and Federal prisons at yearend, compares the increase in the prison population during 2006 with the previous year, and presents prison growth rates since 2000.
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Prisoners in 2005 Reports the number of persons in State and Federal prisons at yearend, compares the increase in the prison population during 2005 with the previous year, and presents prison growth rates since 1995.
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Prisoners in 2004 Reports the number of persons in State and Federal prisons at yearend, compares the increase in the prison population during 2004 with that of the previous year, and gives the prison growth rates since 1995.
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Prisoners in 2003 Reports the number of persons in State and Federal prisons at yearend, compares the increase in the prison population during 2003 with that of the previous year, and gives the prison growth rates since 1995.
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Terms & Definitions

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees ICE holds persons for immigration violations in federal, state, and locally operated prisons and jails, as well as in privately-operated facilities under exclusive contract and ICE-operated facilities. Persons serving time in a local jail or in state or federal prison for either a criminal or immigration offense may be turned over to ICE after completing their sentence.