Nearly Two-Thirds Of The People Held in US Jails Have Not Been Convicted Of A Crime
"At midyear 2019, an estimated two-thirds (65%) of all local jail inmates were unconvicted and awaiting court action on a current charge, and about one-third (35%) were convicted offenders who had been sentenced or were awaiting sentencing. Meanwhile, about 70% of inmates were held for felony charges, and 23% were held for misdemeanor charges. The remaining 7% were held for civil infractions or unknown offenses."
Zhen Zeng, PhD, and Todd D. Minton. Jail Inmates In 2019. Washington, DC: US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics. March 2021. NCJ255608.