graph showing that jail populations have crept up after the rapid decline in population at the start of the pandemic

Data Source: Jail data collected by the NYU Public Safety Lab Jail Data Initiative and analyzed by the Prison Policy Initiative. The temporary population drops during the last weeks of May, August, and November 2020 are the result of more facilities than usual not being included in the dataset, rather than any known policy changes. (Graph: Emily Widra, 2021)

This graph originally appeared in With over 2,700 deaths behind bars and slow vaccine acceptance, prisons and jails must continue to decarcerate.

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