I need your help. I co-founded the Prison Policy Initiative to put the problem of mass incarceration — and the perverse incentives that fuel it — on the national agenda. Over the last 15 years, our campaigns have protected our democracy from the prison system and the poorest families in this country from the predatory prison telephone industry. Our reports untangle the statistics and recruit new allies.

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gender incarceration rates graph

Data Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Correctional Population in the United States, 2010, Appendix Table 3.. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2012)

This graph originally appeared in Incarceration is not an equal opportunity punishment.

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