Families
Incarceration Rate
Source: Vera Institute of Justice
Incarceration Rate
2015
Arkansas County73
Ashley County87
Baxter County44
Benton County23
Boone County41
Bowie County, Texas110
Bradley County22
Calhoun County59
Carroll County38
Chicot County13
Clark County33
Clay County78
Cleburne County54
Cleveland County8
Columbia County46
Conway County41
Craighead County37
Crawford County22
Crittenden County86
Cross County53
Dallas County107
Desha County33
Drew County25
Faulkner County21
Franklin County33
Fulton County20
Garland County34
Grant County43
Greene County57
Hempstead County78
Hot Spring County4
Howard County58
Independence County43
Izard County56
Jackson County59
Jefferson County68
Johnson County33
Lafayette County57
Lawrence County20
Lee County22
Lincoln County13
Little River County32
Logan County18
Lonoke County0
Madison County12
Marion County3
Miller County88
Mississippi County60
Monroe County18
Montgomery County15
Nevada County19
Newton County6
Ouachita County89
Perry County62
Phillips County58
Pike County35
Poinsett County56
Polk County35
Pope County39
Prairie County44
Pulaski County42
Randolph County32
Saline County25
Scott County155
Searcy County30
Sebastian County45
Sevier County38
Sharp County37
St. Francis County36
Stone County24
Union County68
Van Buren County35
Washington County39
White County48
Woodruff County49
Yell County18

Source: Vera Institute of Justice
Notes: Rates are for people in local jails at the county level and in prisons and county jails at the state level. The US number is the aggregation of the 45 states reported (Alaska, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and Vermont are not included in the data).




Number of Incacerated People
2015
Arkansas County85
Ashley County112
Baxter County100
Benton County371
Boone County93
Bowie County, Texas666
Bradley County15
Calhoun County20
Carroll County64
Chicot County9
Clark County51
Clay County72
Cleburne County80
Cleveland County4
Columbia County74
Conway County54
Craighead County253
Crawford County88
Crittenden County271
Cross County57
Dallas County50
Desha County24
Drew County31
Faulkner County173
Franklin County37
Fulton County14
Garland County200
Grant County50
Greene County162
Hempstead County105
Hot Spring County9
Howard County47
Independence County100
Izard County45
Jackson County68
Jefferson County318
Johnson County55
Lafayette County25
Lawrence County21
Lee County14
Lincoln County13
Little River County25
Logan County25
Lonoke County2
Madison County12
Marion County3
Miller County249
Mississippi County170
Monroe County8
Montgomery County8
Nevada County10
Newton County3
Ouachita County135
Perry County40
Phillips County70
Pike County24
Poinsett County85
Polk County42
Pope County164
Prairie County22
Pulaski County1,081
Randolph County34
Saline County183
Scott County100
Searcy County14
Sebastian County376
Sevier County41
Sharp County36
St. Francis County65
Stone County17
Union County171
Van Buren County34
Washington County590
White County245
Woodruff County20
Yell County24

Source: Vera Institute of Justice
Notes: Figures are for people in local jails at the county level and in prisons and county jails at the state level. The US number is the aggregation of the 45 states reported (Alaska, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and Vermont are not included in the data).



NATIONAL RANKING
40

OUT OF 45
2015

STATE TREND

Increasing


122

2015

What does this measure?

The number of people incarcerated in prisons or jails, expressed as a rate per 10,000 residents.

Why is this important?

Incarceration serves to remove offenders from a community, but also creates hardships on families, including the loss of an income or a caregiver, in addition to long-term effects on mental health for all involved. After incarceration, people often encounter challenges in obtaining meaningful employment, leading to reductions in long-term productivity, recidivism and widespread effects on a community's social, health and educational systems.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2015, the incarceration rate was 122 per 10,000, up 21% since 2006. This makes Arkansas 40th in the nation on this indicator. In addition, nationally incarceration of people in county jails and state prisons was lower (91 per 10,000) and falling (-9% since 2006). Note that the national data reported here is missing five states that did not report. Arkansas' rates were much higher for blacks/African Americans - 270% of the white rate - while the rate for Latinos was about half the white rate. Males were jailed at a rate 5 times above that for females.

Among Arkansas counties, incarceration rates varied widely - below 10 per 10,000 in Lonoke, Marion, Hot Springs, Newton and Cleveland - and above 100 per 10,000 in Dallas, Bowie and Scott.

Notes about the data

Rates are for people in local jails at the county level and in prisons and county jails at the state level. Rates for subgroups at the state level only include the county jail population, not state prisons. National data reported here is missing five states that did not report.




Source: Vera Institute of Justice


Incarceration Rate
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Arkansas93949899102101101104105106111110111114119122

Source: Vera Institute of Justice
Notes: Rates are for people in local jails at the county level and in prisons and county jails at the state level. The US number is the aggregation of the 45 states reported (Alaska, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and Vermont are not included in the data).




Number of Incacerated People
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Arkansas16,12216,58717,32817,69718,33818,38818,67519,37519,70920,14721,18221,08121,18721,79522,77523,346

Source: Vera Institute of Justice
Notes: Figures are for people in local jails at the county level and in prisons and county jails at the state level. The US number is the aggregation of the 45 states reported (Alaska, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and Vermont are not included in the data).






Source: Vera Institute of Justice


Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity
Asian/Pacific IslanderBlack/African AmericanLatinoNative AmericanWhite
Arkansas7.093.416.110.234.3

Source: Vera Institute of Justice
Notes: Rates are per 10,000 residents




Number of Incarcerated People by Race/Ethnicity
Asian/Pacific IslanderBlack/African AmericanLatinoNative AmericanWhite
Arkansas272,942216174,840

Source: Vera Institute of Justice
Notes: Figures are for the total jail population. The total jail population is the average daily population.





Source: Vera Institute of Justice


Incarceration Rate by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas13.870.9

Source: Vera Institute of Justice
Notes: Rates are per 10,000 residents




Number of Incarcerated People by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas1,3326,736

Source: Vera Institute of Justice
Notes: Figures are for the total jail population. The total jail population is the average daily population.









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Not Applicable
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Maintaining
Volunteering Decreasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Decreasing
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable


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