26,000 people from Arkansas are behind bars today
Rates of imprisonment have grown dramatically in the last 40 years
More than third of the people held in jails in Arkansas are held for federal or state agencies, primarily the state prison system. To avoid counting them twice, this population is not included in the yellow jails line. For annual counts of people in jails held for federal or state authorizes in Arkansas, see our table "Jail and prison incarcerated populations by state over time."
Also see these Arkansas graphs:
This graph excludes people held for state or federal authorities from the total count of people held in Arkansas jails. Because a significant proportion (39%) of the population in Arkansas’s jails is held for the state prison system, this graph likely overstates the convicted population and understates the pre-trial population.
Today, Arkansas’s incarceration rates stand out internationally
In the U.S., incarceration extends beyond prisons and local jails to include other systems of confinement. The U.S. and state incarceration rates in this graph include people held by these other parts of the justice system, so they may be slightly higher than the commonly reported incarceration rates that only include prisons and jails. Details on the data are available in States of Incarceration: The Global Context. We also have a version of this graph focusing on the incarceration of women.
People of color are overrepresented in prisons and jails
See also our detailed graphs about Whites,
in Arkansas prisons and jails.
Arkansas's criminal justice system is more than just its prisons and jails
Our other articles about Arkansas
- Indiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas undermine their own criminal justice reform agenda with challenge of FCC regulation of prison phone industry by Emily Widra, March 14, 2016
- Arkansas DOC to implement Securus video visits, by Bernadette Rabuy, April 15, 2015
- Arkansas Jumps on the Prison Video Visitation Bandwagon, by Rebecca McCray, TakePart, April 14, 2015
- Video visitation' expanding in Arkansas jails, by David Koon, Arkansas Times, April 2, 2015