The Sentencing Project has compiled information on the state of private prison’s in the U.S. derived from data collected by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics. According to the data, thirty-one states and the federal government incarcerated 100,151 people in private prisons in 2020, representing 8% of the total state and federal prison population. Since 2000, the number of people housed in private facilities has increased 15%.
The Sentencing Project summarized the information in a new fact sheet. It also shows that since 2000, the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ reliance on private facilities increased by 79%, and the number of people in federal custody in its private facilities (inclusive of prisons, halfway houses, and systems of home confinement) totaled 27,810 people in 2020.