The majority of people in jail have not been convicted of a crime. Jails are by far the most common point of contact between citizens and the prison industrial complex. And their scale is staggering. A few key facts from the report:
The number of annual jail admissions has nearly doubled in the past 30 years, although crime rates have fallen significantly since the early 1990s.
The average length of a jail stay “increased from an average of 14 days in 1983 to 23 days in 2013.” During that same period, the percentage of jail inmates who were being held before trial (as opposed to after conviction and sentencing) rose from 40% to 62%.
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