There are 1,719 state prisons in the U.S.

There are over 1,351,000 people incarcerated in state prisons:

approximately 718,000 are doing time for violent offenses;

261,000 for property crimes; 212,000 for drug related offenses;

and 159,000 for violations of the public order like DUI.

There are 3,283 local jails in the US.

Approximately 646,000 people are doing time in local jails,

but the majority of these people, 451,000, have not been convicted of a crime;

some have just been arrested and will make bail in a few hours or days

others, too poor to make bail must remain behind bars until their trial

this can take years...|