Prison Facts and Statistics


As crime rate increases every year, there is also a rise in the number of prisoners in the US. Prison terms vary from one criminal case to another, and those who have committed severe crimes will be sentenced to imprisonment for a longer period of time. In general, violence happens frequently in prisons, and many prisoners are physically assaulted and raped by other inmates. To reduce violence in prisons, some states segregate prisoners according to race and sexual orientation. Different prisons are used to incarcerate men and women, and some prisons are maximum security facilities that are meant for serious offenders. Here is a list of websites that provide more information about prisons and prisoners.

  • Prison Facts: An article that provides interesting information about US prisons.
  • Types of Prison: A fact sheet that describes the different types of prisons in the US.