16,000 people from Connecticut are behind bars today
Rates of imprisonment have grown dramatically in the last 40 years
Also see these Connecticut graphs:
Today, Connecticut'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 Connecticut prisons.
Connecticut's criminal justice system is more than just its prisons
Our other articles about Connecticut
- Ending prison gerrymandering in Connecticut campaign and resource page
- New animation illustrates the real size of Connecticut Sentencing Enhancement Zones, by Arielle Sharma, Elydah Joyce, Jacob Mitchell, June 18, 2015
- Connecticut organizations call on legislature to end prison gerrymandering, by Aleks Kajstura, January 7, 2015
- The Hidden Price Of Drug-Free Zones, by Christie Thompson, ThinkProgress, April 14, 2014
- Misconceptions about sentencing enhancement zones persist in Conn. Legislature, by Aleks Kajstura, April 4, 2014
- Reaching too far: How Connecticut's large sentencing enhancement zones miss the mark, by Aleks Kajstura, March 2014
- New fact sheet about prison gerrymandering in Connecticut, by Peter Wagner, February 26, 2014
- Count Inmates In Hometowns, Not In Cells, by Tom Condon, Hartford Courant, May 8, 2013
Imported "Constituents": Incarcerated People And Political Clout In Connecticut, by Peter Wagner. Foreword by Bilal Dabir Sekou, PhD, and Cheri Quickmire, April 17, 2013.
- Inmates Shouldn’t Boost Clout Of Prison Towns, Hartford Courant editorial board, July 2, 2012
- Importing Constituents: Incarcerated People and Political Clout in Connecticut, by Peter Wagner and Christian de Ocejo, March 2010
- Prison Expansion Won’t Aid Local Economy submitted to Hartford Courant August 1, 2002