Incarceration Rates

graph of incarceration rates

Incarceration rates measure the number of people who are in jail based on population. As shown in the chart, the average incarceration rate in the United States is 242 people in jail per 100,000 in population. In Colorado, the rate is even higher at 292 per 100,000 and in Larimer County Colorado it is 155 per 100,000. The low incarceration rate in Larimer County shows the positive impact that can be obtained by the aggressive use of alternatives to incarceration.