New York profile
New York has an incarceration rate of 443 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 New York and why.
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92,000 people from New York are behind bars
Additionally, the number of people impacted by county and city jails in New York is much larger than the graph above would suggest, because people cycle through local jails relatively quickly. Each year, at least 267,000 different people are booked into local jails in New York.
Rates of imprisonment have grown dramatically in the last 40 years
Also see these New York graphs:
Today, New York’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 New York prisons and jails.
New York's criminal justice system is more than just its prisons and jails
Data on COVID-19 in New York jails and prisons
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 New York ranks on other important pandemic-related issues, see our resources below:
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