79,000 people from Ohio are behind bars today.
Continue reading for more data on Ohio's prison and jail populations, as well as the number of people on probation and parole. Or see how Ohio compares to other states on incarceration rates, racial disparities in incarceration, rates of women’s incarceration, and rates of probation and parole.
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Rates of imprisonment have grown dramatically in the last 40 years
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Today, Ohio’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 Ohio prisons and jails.
Ohio's criminal justice system is more than just its prisons and jails
Our other articles about Ohio
- License suspension reform spreads to Ohio, by Alison Walsh, June 15, 2016
- Ending prison gerrymandering in Ohio resource and campaign page
- New Jersey, Ohio DOCs Significantly Reduce Phone Rates, by Prison Legal News, May 6, 2015
- Ohio approves 75% cost drop for prison phone calls, by Jona Ison, Telegraph Forum, March 31, 2015
- Youngstown to avoid prison gerrymandering, mostly by Aleks Kajstura, July 29, 2014
- Ohioans want an end to prison gerrymandering, by Peter Wagner, December 5, 2013
- Importing Constituents: Prisoners and Political Clout in Ohio, by Peter Wagner and Rose Heyer, July 7, 2004
- Memo to Ohio’s Joint Agency Rule Review Committee on proposed changes to Ohio’s inmate rules of conduct, January 6, 2004.
- Comments on proposed changes to Ohio’s inmate rules of conduct submitted to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on November 24, 2003
- “Do no harm” or “Do no expense”? Ohio’s prisoners are dying from inadequate medical care, November, 2003
- Ohio’s priorities? Graphs about racial disparities in incarceration and how Ohio spends its limited tax dollars.