Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018


Research Abstract
Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018

This report by the Prison Policy Initiative with comprehensive graphics provide the big picture: 2.3 million people are locked up in more than 6,000 correctional facilities operated by thousands of agencies. The "whole pie" gives the public and policymakers the foundation to now consider the types of changes that would end the country's reign as the number one incarcerator in the world.

This report offers some much needed clarity by piecing together this country’s disparate systems of confinement. The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 1,852 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories.1 And we go deeper to provide further detail on why people are locked up in all of those different types of facilities. [p. 1]


Peter Wagner and Wendy Sawyer
March 14, 2018

Prison Policy Initiative
PO Box 127
MA, 01061
United States