I need your help. I co-founded the Prison Policy Initiative to put the problem of mass incarceration — and the perverse incentives that fuel it — on the national agenda. Over the last 17 years, our campaigns have protected our democracy from the prison system and protected the poorest families in this country from the predatory prison telephone industry. Our reports untangle the statistics and recruit new allies.

But now, more than ever, we need your help to put data & compassion into the conversation.

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Graph showing the jail incarceration rate per 100,000 in 2013 at the state level. New Mexico, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and Tennessee have the highest jail incarceration rates.

Data Source: Please refer to “State Data” portion of original report. (Graph: Joshua Aiken, 2017)

This graph originally appeared in Era of Mass Expansion: Why State Officials Should Fight Jail Growth.

To allow meaningful comparisons between states of how frequently local officials use jails to incarcerate people pre-trial or for minor (typically misdemeanor) offenses, this chart shows the jail population in each state per 100,000 people in that state. This chart does not include any people physically present in jails who are held for federal or state agencies.

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