Incarceration Rates

graph of incarceration rates

Incarceration rate measures the number of people who are in jail, per 100,000 in population. As shown in the chart, the average incarceration rate in the United States is 2311 (2013). In Colorado, the most recent data available (2005), has the jail incarceration rate at 2922.

The incarceration rate in Larimer County is 141 (2013). The low incarceration rate in Larimer County shows the positive impact of collaborative effort across the criminal justice system (via the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee) which include: 1) administrative changes in the courts, 2) expansion of pretrial services, 3) expansion of alternative sentencing options, 4) mental health treatment, and 5) development of specialty courts.

1 Minton, T.D. and Golinelli, D. (2014). Jail Inmates at Midyear - 2013 Statistical Tables. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Retrieved from: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/jim13st.pdf

2 Harrison, P.M. and Beck, A.J. (2006). Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2005. Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin. Retrieved from: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/pjim05.pdf