62,000 people from Arizona are behind bars today
Rates of imprisonment have grown dramatically in the last 40 years
Also see these Arizona graphs:
Today, Arizona’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,
and American Indians/Native Americans
in Arizona prisons and jails. Additionally see our graph about Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders who are overrepresented in Arizona prisons because Hawaii outsources a significant portion of its incarcerated population to a private prison in Eloy, Arizona.
Arizona's criminal justice system is more than just its prisons and jails
Our other articles about Arizona
- Arizona adds to women's prison population in 2016, by Wendy Sawyer, January 10, 2018
- Sheriff Joe Arpaio phases out in-person visits in Maricopa, by Bernadette Rabuy, November 10, 2014
- Prison-based gerrymandering in Arizona could harm Native American political representation, by Leah Sakala, Prison Gerrymandering Blog, September 16, 2011