Current Arizona prison statistics

How many people are incarcerated in Arizona this month? What crimes are they in prison for? What counties do these inmates come from?

Here are some particularly striking numbers from the November 2016 Arizona Department of Corrections report. While prison statistics vary slightly from month-to-month, the below figures have remained essentially constant for months if not years. Click here for the most recent information compiled by the ADOC.

  • 42,370 men and women are locked away in Arizona prisons. Our state incarcerates 901 people per 100,000 – the 7th highest per capita incarceration rate in the world.
  • 50.5% of all inmates are serving their first prison term in Arizona.
  • 48.7% of all inmates are currently imprisoned for non-violent offenses.
  • 27% of all inmates require ongoing mental health services.
  • 77% of inmates assessed at intake have significant substance abuse histories.
  • 21.5% of all inmates are in prison for drug offenses. This is the highest percentage of all categories of incarcerated offenders.
  • 1.3% of all inmates are in prison for rape/sexual assault.
  • 218 people are in prison for marijuana possession. 184 people are there for domestic violence.