Prison Overcrowding: Indiana

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Indiana’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures 2008-2009

IDOC Costs 

  • Annual budget: 669 million
  • Percentage of the state General Fund allocated
    in the 2009-2010 Budget Proposal to Corrections: 5%
  • Average annual cost per inmate:$19,695

 IDOC Staff and Population

  • Total department active personnel: 7,021
    • Institutions: 6,536
    • Parole: 154
    • Administration: 331
  • Total incarcerated under IDOC jurisdiction: 28,427
  • Total number of facilities: 21
  • Escaped: 8
  • Average sentence: 54.72 months
  • Average percentage of sentence served: 32.8%
  • Average age: 36 years

Organization of state divisions, view here.


  • Facilities: 9
  • Population: 10,810

 Overcrowding Quick Facts

  • Indiana’s prisons are at about 99 percent of capacity.
  • The state’s prison population of about 28,000+ grows by about 4 percent a year, or about 1,000 inmates.
  • Maximum security prisoners make up the fastest-growing segment of the prison population, but low and medium security prisons are also nearly full.

Points of Contact

IDOC Commissioner
Edwin G. Buss

IDOC Mailing Address
302 W. Washington St, Room E-334
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Organization of DOC Executive Staff, view here.

News and Media

  • Indiana corrections officials plan deal with overcrowding, read more.
  • Indiana relocating to ease prison space, read more.

Helpful Links

Indiana Department of Corrections

See also:

Kansas Prison Overcrowding