The Jail System
California has 114 jails in 58 counties. The jail population in 2020 was 82,460.
The Prison System
As of December 31, 2020, the number of prisoners under the jurisdiction of the State of California correctional authorities was 97,328 located in 35 state prisons and held in custody of private prisons or local jails. California operated facilities had a staff of 60,000 employees and a budget of $13.4 billion.
The Community Corrections System
As of December 31, 2020, California community corrections population was 183,334 under probation and 110,349 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.