Criminal Justice Career Statistics

Criminal Justice Career Statistics
  • A majority of criminal justice professionals work on the local and state level.
  • There are roughly 633,710 police and sherrif's patrol officers in the United States.
  • According to the most recent numbers, over 7.3 million people were on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole -- 3.2% of all U.S. adult residents or 1 in every 31 adults.
  • Over one-third of inmates held in custody at midyear 2008 were in local jails.
  • After sharp increases in the 1980s and 1990s, the incarceration rate has recently grown at a slower pace. According to the latest figures, incarceration in federal and state prisons has grown 0.8%, while incarceration in local jails has grown 0.7%.
  • Federal, state, and local governments invest approximately $173 billion into corrections, judicial, police, and legal activities.
  • There are currently about 861,000 police officers and detectives in the United States.
  • Local government spends more on criminal justice than the state and federal government.
  • There are over 958,520 employed in the justice and legal areas of criminal justice.
  • Violent crimes decreased 0.99% nationwide between 2006 and 2007 -- the latest available numbers.

Figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

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