The United States has one of the largest inmate populations in the world. Roughly 900,000 inmates are incarcerated in county and local jails at any given time (this does not include those in prison). More than 10% of those incarcerated in the U.S. are housed in just 10 jails. An astonishing number considering there are about 4,000 counties in the United States. These 10 super jails have a combined population of 96,442. The top 3 jails alone have a population of 44,359.
Orange County Jail
Orange County Jail in Santa Ana, California
Dade County Jail
Dade County Jail in Miami, Florida
Population of 5,992
Shelby County Jail
Shelby County Jail in Memphis, Tennessee
Dallas County Jail
Dallas County Jail in Dallas, Texas
Maricopa County Jail
Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix
Philadelphia Jail System
Philadelphia Jails in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cook County Jail
Cook County Jail in Chicago, Illinois
Harris County Jail
Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas
New York City Jail
New York City Jail in New York, New York
Los Angeles County Jail
Los Angeles County Jail in Los Angeles, California is the most populated jail in the nation.
All statistics are as of 2009. Source: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov
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