HELP US ADVOCATE FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN Women are the fastest-growing segment of the prison population, but information about their experiences behind bars is hard to find. The Prison Policy Initiative uncovers data that tells the true story of mass incarceration — so that advocates can make the strongest cases for reform.

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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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