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 17 years, our campaigns have protected our democracy from the prison system and protected the poorest families in this country from the predatory prison telephone industry. Our reports untangle the statistics and recruit new allies.

But now, more than ever, we need your help to put data & compassion into the conversation.

Thank you.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate
Graph showing that the United States incarcerates women at higher rates than other NATO-founding countries. The U.S. incarcerates women at a rate of 133 per 100,000, Portugal at 15, United Kingdom, Luxembourg and Canada at 13, Norway and Belgium at 9, Italy at 8, France at 6, Netherlands at 6, and Iceland and Denmark at 5.

Data Source: For detailed sourcing, see: https://www.prisonpolicy.org/global/women/2018.html#methodology. (Graph: Aleks Kajstura, 2018)

This graph originally appeared in States of Women's Incarceration: The Global Context 2018.

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