Arizona has an incarceration rate of 877 per 100,000 people (including prisons, jails, immigration detention, and juvenile justice facilities), meaning that it locks up a higher percentage of its people than many wealthy democracies do. Read on to learn more about who is incarcerated in Arizona and why.
Additionally, the number of people impacted by county and city jails in Arizona is much larger than the graph above would suggest, because people cycle through local jails relatively quickly. Each year, at least 117,000 different people are booked into local jails in Arizona.
See also our detailed graphs about Whites, Hispanics, Blacks, 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.
If you're looking for case or death counts in specific states or facilities, our friends at the COVID-19 Behind Bars Data Project have a detailed spreadsheet whose numbers may be as current as (or more current than) the state prison system's own data. To learn how Arizona ranks on other important pandemic-related issues, see our resources below: