Graph showing the percent of jail populations that were pre-trial in 2013, at the state level. More than 80% of the jail population were pre-trial/unconvicted in Nebraska, North Dakota, New Jersey, Arizona, Missouri, and Iowa.

Data Source: Please refer to “State Data” portion of original report. (Graph: Joshua Aiken, 2017)

This graph originally appeared in Era of Mass Expansion: Why State Officials Should Fight Jail Growth.

In the eight states where convicted people make up the majority of the jail population, that status is less likely to be the result of particularly enlightened bail policies, and more likely to be the result of the jails in that state renting large numbers of cells to the state prison system.

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