U.S. corrections system

By onammp
  • 1600’s

    The first local jail was built.
  • 1930’s

    The Bureau operated 14 facilities for over 13,000 inmates. The USP Lewisburg opened, it was the first penitentiary built by the new agency.
  • 1980’s

    The number of federal inmates had significant increase. The number of prisons increased as well, by the end of the decade there were 62.
  • 1990’s

    By the end of the century, the Bureau was operating in 95 institutions.
  • 2018

    Between 2014 and 2018 there was the first decrease in the number of inmates. Some legislative changes contributed to the decline, such as the First Step Act of 2018.