Distribution of monthly pre-incarceration incomes for women in local jails 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 in local jails and non-incarcerated women, 2002 dollars, ages 23-39. While most people in local jails make less prior to incarceration than people on the outside, there is one interesting anomaly in the data for women not present in the data for men. More non-incarcerated women report no income at all than incarcerated women prior to incarceration. For both groups, the reported incomes include wages, welfare, and other public assistance, but since these are individual surveys, they do not include spousal income. It is likely that many of those non-incarcerated women with zero reported income are receiving support from their spouses.

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