Policy Analysis | March 2015

How many prisoners are under the jurisdiction of state correctional authorities in the SLC member states?

Number of Prisoners in State Corrections in SLC Member States

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State 2010 2011 2012 2013
Alabama 31,764 32,270 32,431 31,381
Arkansas 16,204 16,108 14,654 17,235
Florida 104,306 103,022 101,930 103,028
Georgia 56,432 55,944 55,457 54,004
Kentucky 20,544 21,545 22,110 21,030
Louisiana 39,445 39,710 40,172 39,299
Mississippi 21,067 21,386 22,319 21,969
Missouri 30,623 30,833 31,247 31,537
North Carolina 40,382 39,440 37,136 36,922
Oklahoma * 26,252 25,977 25,225 27,547
South Carolina 23,578 22,914 22,388 22,060
Tennessee 27,451 28,479 28,411 28,521
Texas 173,649 172,224 166,372 168,280
Virginia * 37,638 38,130 37,044 36,982
West Virginia 6,681 6,826 7,070 6,824
SLC Total 656,016 654,808 643,966 646,619
US Total 1,404,032 1,382,418 1,352,582 1,358,875

Note: Numbers reported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics under the National Prisoner Statistics Program represent the number of prisoners on the day of December 31 of each year.

* 2013 prisoner counts for Oklahoma and Virginia are not comparable to earlier years due to a change in reporting methodology.

Sources:

U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Prisoner Statistics Program, Prisoners in 2011, E. Ann Carson and William J. Sabol, December, 2012.

U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Prisoner Statistics Program, Prisoners in 2013, E. Ann Carson, September 2014.