Presents estimates of the number of jail inmates at midyear 2013, by sex, race, Hispanic origin, and conviction status. It also provides estimates of year-to-year changes between midyear 2000 and midyear 2013 in the number of inmates held, average daily population, rated capacity of local jails, and percent of capacity occupied. More detailed breakouts by jurisdiction size track changes between 2012 and 2013 in the number of inmates, number of admissions, and weekly turnover rate. The report examines the effect of California's Public Safety Realignment on state-level and national estimates of the confined jail population. Estimates and standard errors are based on data collected from the Annual Survey of Jails.
- After a peak in the number of inmates confined in county and city jails at midyear 2008 (785,533), the jail population was significantly lower by midyear 2013 (731,208).
- Males represented at least 86% of the jail population since 2000. The female inmate population increased 10.9% (up 10,000 inmates) between midyear 2010 and 2013, while the male population declined 4.2% (down 27,500 inmates).
- White inmates accounted for 47% of the total jail population, blacks represented 36%, and Hispanics represented 15%.
2013 Annual Survey of Jails - Rated capacity error for one jail jurisdiction in the final dataset delivered from the Census Bureau. As a result, all data related to rated capacity for 2013 has been revised. The Census Bureau is investigating the error as a potential technical issue in their data system.