HELP US END MASS INCARCERATION The Prison Policy Initiative uses research, advocacy, and organizing to dismantle mass incarceration. We’ve been in this movement for 20 years, thanks to individual donors like you.

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The Gender Divide: Tracking women's state prison growth

Gender Divide report thumbnail Even as men’s incarceration rates are falling, women’s incarceration rates remain near record highs, a trend driven by criminal justice decisions at the state level. Our new report breaks down women’s incarceration trends in state prisons for all 50 states since 1978. We find that women have scarcely benefited from efforts to reduce state prison populations since 2009. In many states, treating women’s incarceration as an afterthought has, in effect, held back efforts to decarcerate.

Mass incarceration, state by state

Learn about the national prison crisis and how we can begin to turn the tide on mass incarceration. Then, drill down to your state.

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