Staff/Inmate Ratios in Jails

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, National Institute of Corrections, Information Center, Topics in Corrections, last reviewed January 2016

The process for determining adequate staffing for a jail facility, and make it defensible, is to conduct a staffing analysis on a facility by facility basis. There are simply too many variables such as physical plant design, level of security, level of programs and activities, state and local standard and statutes, etc. to recommend a specific officer to inmate ratio.