Arkansas profile


Change over time

graph showing the number of people in state prison and local jails per 100,000 residents in Arkansas from 1978 to 2015

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:


Racial disparities

2010 graph showing incarceration rates per 100,000 people of various racial and ethnic groups in Arkansas

racial and ethnic disparities between the prison/jail and general population in AR as of 2010

See also our detailed graphs about Whites, Hispanics, and Blacks in Arkansas prisons and jails.


The big picture

Pie chart showing that 21,000 Arkansas residents are locked up in federal prisons, state prisons, local jails and other types of facilities

Pie chart showing that 70,000 Arkansas residents are in various types of correctional facilities or under criminal justice supervision on probation or parole

Graph showing the number of people in Arkansas jails who were convicted and the number who were unconvicted, for the years 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1999, 2005, and 2013.

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.


Our other articles about Arkansas


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Events

  • May 15, 2018:
    Our Policy Analyst Lucius Couloute will be at the LEDA Summit on Race and Inclusion in Holland, Michigan, presenting his research on the challenges and disadvantages people face when they are released from prison. Tickets are available on LEDA’s website.

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