Federal and state authorities accounted for more than 1.6 million prisoners at the end of 2010. That’s about 497 sentenced prisoners per 100,000 residents – a rate that varies greatly throughout the country.
Data below shows prison populations and incarceration rates for each state. Statistics are compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Adelanto, a small city with many prisons, debates whether it needs another. Supporters say the proposed 3,264-bed jail is the only option to avoid insolvency.
Under scrutiny, the Florida prison system releases data on all inmate deaths over the last 14 years. Many remain suspicious.
Officials are looking to reduce the price of jail inmates' phone calls, which place a heavy burden on inmates' families.