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Update: What are the latest prison and jail population numbers for Texas and the U.S.?

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Recently, a reader asked us what the latest prison numbers are for Texas and the nation.  The Sentencing Project (disclaimer – these people pay me every few weeks) provides the latest numbers on their website and has a nice overview here.

From TSP:

  •  Total U.S. prison and jail population: 2.3 million
  • Prison only: 1.5 million
  • Jail only: 781,000
  • Total Texas prison and jail population: 233,599
  • Prison only: 162,000
  • Jail only: 71,599

Update: Thanks to our pal Scott Henson at Grits for Breakfast for bringing to our attention that the jail numbers were actually 71,599 on November 1st.  As I mentioned previosly these numbers are updated monthly and can be found at the link below.  The jail population number for December 1st is not available yet.

Folks can visit TSP online to get additional numbers on the nation’s prison population.  And the following sources provide a wealth of information in terms of data and analysis in Texas and at the national level: 

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FWIW, the TCJS report you link to says 71,599 were in Texas jails as of Nov. 1. About 53% have not yet been convicted and were awaiting trial.

Hope you're well.