Data reveals 10 states with the highest incarceration rates

The United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world.

Currently, there are currently 2.2 million people in prison or jail, and according to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the U.S. incarcerated 471 people per every 100-thousand in 2014.

Particularity in the South, incarceration rates are extremely high.

10 states with the highest incarceration rates:

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10. Florida

The state incarcerated 512 per every 100,000 people in 2014, and the Florida Department of Corrections is the third-largest state prison system in the country.

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9. Georgia

Georgia incarcerated 517 per every 100,000 people in 2014, and a greater share of Georgia's inmates are serving life sentences than in the U.S. overall, according to The Sentencing Project.

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8. Missouri

The state incarcerated 526 per every 100,000 people in 2014, but it still had among the highest violent crime rates.

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7. Texas

Texas incarcerated 582 per every 100,000 people in 2014, and the state operates the country's largest prison system. If the Texas prison population were a city, it would be among the state's 20 largest.

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6. Arizona

The state incarcerated 592 per every 100,000 people in 2014. However, Arizona does incarcerate fewer juvenile offenders than most other states.

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5. Mississippi

While Mississippi incarcerated 597 per every 100,000 people in 2014, it is one of the top states for prison reform, reducing its inmate population by more than any other state between 2011 and 2014.

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4. Arkansas

The state incarcerated 599 per every 100,000 people in 2014. Between 2013 and 2014, Arkansas increased the number of prisoners it released by 35 percent, more than any other state, according to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

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3. Alabama

Alabama incarcerated 634 per every 100,000 people in 2014. A federal judge ruled in June that the care mentally ill prisoners receive in the state's prisons is so "horrendously inadequate" that it violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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2. Oklahoma

The state incarcerated 700 per every 100,000 people in 2014, with more than a quarter of inmates held in private prisons.

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1. Louisiana

Louisiana, sometimes referred to as the world's prison capital, incarcerated 816 per every 100,000 people in 2014, though the state has experienced modest declines in its prison population in recent years.

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States like Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Oklahoma have some of the highest incarceration rates.

Out West, Arizona also finds itself in the top 10 states with the highest number of people behind bars.

In 2014, a shocking 816 per 100,000 people in Louisiana were in prison.

Seems fitting that the Bayou state is nicknamed the "prison capital of the world."

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