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Graph of dramatic gender disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system.

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.

See our other research for the big national picture on mass incarceration or see the the graphs and other research we've produced about incarceration in your state, including States of Women's Incarceration: The Global Context.

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