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The Jail System

Arkansas has 41 jails in 75 counties. The jail population in 2020 was 9,460.

The Prison System

As of December 31, 2020, the number of prisoners under the jurisdiction of the State of Arkansas correctional authorities was 16,094 located in 20 state prisons and held in custody of private prisons or local jails. Arkansas operated facilities had a staff of 4,619 employees and a budget of $363,606,185.

The Community Corrections System

As of December 31, 2020, Arkansas community corrections population was 39,871 under probation and 25,852 under parole.


The National Institute of Corrections depends on publicly available information to provide the information on this page.

The statistics for budgets, employee positions, and state prison facilities data come from state departments of corrections, other state reports and state agencies. If data is missing for a state, then we were unable to find that information.

The data on prison population and incarcerate rate come from the Prisoner in 2020 report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The report includes the count of prisoners in the unified systems of Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Violent and property crime rates are provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

The number of counties per state comes from the United States Census Bureau.

Rates (Per 100K)

Incarceration Rate


Prison Population
Parole Population
Probation Population


Number of State Prison Facilities
20 facilities
Number of Jail Facilities


Prison Budget