This chart shows jail statistics from 2008 in the 50 U.S. counties with the largest numbers of inmates. More than half of the counties on this list had jails operating at 95 percent capacity or greater. In 16 counties, jails were overcrowded — that is, they were occupied at more than 100 percent capacity. In Florida, two counties — Lee and Polk — had jails operating at as much as 131 percent capacity.
Note: Counties ranked by inmate population density