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Chart showing that jail populations dropped by 25 percent between June 2019 and June 2020.

Data Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Impact of COVID-19 on the Local Jail Population, January-June 2020. (Graph: Wendy Sawyer, 2021)

This graph originally appeared in New data on jail populations: The good, the bad, and the ugly.

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