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How can you find prison population statistics?

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Prison population counts are regularly maintained by the National Prisoner Statistics Program from which yearly publications are produced analyzing and presenting the data accumulated. These documents are available for viewing and download from the Bureau of Justice Statistics website. Additionally, the Federal Bureau of Prisons also offers inmate, population and staff statistics on its own website.

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The Bureau of Justice Statistics, through the National Prisoner Statistics Program, provides information on both imprisonment rates, the number of individuals under the jurisdiction of federal correctional officers per 100,000 U.S. residents, as well as incarceration rates, which include counts from those confined in local jails. Data on race, sex and citizenship status of prisoners, as well as the number of individuals under the age of 17 or sentenced for more than one year are also recorded.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons provides statistics on imprisoned individuals, differentiating between federal inmates in Bureau of Prisons custody, those in privately managed facilities and federal inmates held in other institutions. Statistics are provided by age, citizenship, ethnicity, gender, offense, race and sentence imposed. On the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, this data may be used to generate a custom inmate population report defined by region, state, facility and facility manager.

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