New Jersey profile    tweet this


41,000 people from New Jersey are behind bars today

Pie chart showing that 39,000 New Jersey residents are locked up in federal prisons, state prisons, local jails and other types of facilities


Rates of imprisonment have grown dramatically in the last 40 years

graph showing the number of people in state prison and local jails per 100,000 residents in New Jersey from 1978 to 2015 Also see these New Jersey graphs:


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


Today, New Jersey’s incarceration rates stand out internationally

graphic comparing the incarceration rates of the founding NATO members with the incarceration rates of the United States and the state of New Jersey. The incarceration rate of 698 per 100,000 for the United States and 407 for New Jersey is much higher than any of the founding NATO membersIn 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

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

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

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


New Jersey's criminal justice system is more than just its prisons and jails

Pie chart showing that 167,000 New Jersey residents are in various types of correctional facilities or under criminal justice supervision on probation or parole


Our other articles about New Jersey


Other resources

Stay Informed

Get the latest updates by signing up for our newsletters:


And our specialty lists:







Tweet this page Follow @PrisonPolicy on Twitter Donate

Stay Informed

Get the latest updates by signing up for our newsletters:


And our specialty lists:







Events

Nothing scheduled right now. Invite us to to your city, college or organization.