Wyoming has an incarceration rate of 850 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 any democracy on earth. Read on to learn more about who is incarcerated in Wyoming and why.
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5,400 people from Wyoming are behind bars
Additionally, the number of people impacted by county and city jails in Wyoming is much larger than the graph above would suggest, because people cycle through local jails relatively quickly. Each year, at least 8,000 different people are booked into local jails in Wyoming.
Rates of imprisonment have grown dramatically in the last 40 years
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Today, Wyoming’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,
and American Indians/Native Americans
in Wyoming prisons and jails.
Wyoming's criminal justice system is more than just its prisons and jails
Data on COVID-19 in Wyoming jails and prisons
We gave Wyoming a failing grade in September 2021 for its response to the coronavirus in prisons, noting that:
- Wyoming is one of only 8 states that have failed to reduce their prison population by more than 10% during the pandemic.
- Wyoming is one of 13 states that did not implement any policies to accelerate releases, promote medical parole or compassionate release, prevent incarceration for technical violations of probation and parole, or hasten releases for people incarcerated on minor offenses.
For more detail, see our report States of Emergency. Or check out these other resources:
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