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Chart showing that 12% of people who were jailed 3 or more times within one year had also used the emergency room three or more times in the past year, and 27% were not covered by health insurance. Only 4% of people who were not jailed had used the ER 3 or more times in the past year, and only 8% were not covered by health insurance.

Data Source: Compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2017. (Graph: Wendy Sawyer, 2019)

This graph originally appeared in Arrest, Release, Repeat: How police and jails are misused to respond to social problems.

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