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Publication Jail Inmates at Midyear 2014

Todd D. Minton, Zhen Zeng, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics

June 11, 2015    NCJ 248629

Presents estimates of the number of jail inmates at midyear 2014 by sex, race, Hispanic origin, and conviction status. This report provides estimates of year-to-year changes from midyear 2000 to midyear 2014 in the number of inmates held, average daily population, rated capacity of local jails, and percent of capacity occupied. It also includes statistics, by jurisdiction size, on changes in the number of inmates, number of admissions, and weekly turnover rate between 2013 and 2014. Estimates and standard errors are based on data collected from the Annual Survey of Jails.


  • The number of inmates confined in county and city jails was an estimated 744,600 at midyear 2014, which was significantly lower than the peak of 785,500 inmates at midyear 2008. „„ 
  • The jail incarceration rate decreased from a peak of 259 per 100,000 in 2007 to 234 per 100,000 at midyear 2014. „„
  • The female inmate population increased 18.1% between midyear 2010 and 2014, while the male population declined 3.2%. „„
  • White inmates accounted for 47% of the total jail population, blacks represented 35%, and Hispanics represented 15%. „„
  • About 4,200 juveniles age 17 or younger were held in local jails at midyear 2014. They accounted for 0.6% of the confined population, down from 1.2% at midyear 2000. „„

Part of the Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear Series

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