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Distribution of monthly pre-incarceration incomes for women unable to meet bail and non-incarcerated women, 2002 dollars, ages 23-39

Data Source: Compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative from the Bureau of Justice Statistics Survey of Inmates in Local Jails (2002), and the American Community Survey Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (2002). (Graph: Bernadette Rabuy & Daniel Kopf, 2016)

This graph originally appeared in Detaining the Poor: How money bail perpetuates an endless cycle of poverty and jail time.

Distribution of monthly pre-incarceration incomes for women unable to meet bail and non-incarcerated women, 2002 dollars, ages 23-39

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