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Graph showing number of women jailed each year and percentage who are mothers

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Crime Data Explorer (2019 table "Female Arrests by Age") and Vera Institute of Justice, Overlooked: Women in Jails in an Era of Reform. (Graph: Wendy Sawyer, 2021)

This graph originally appeared in Prisons and jails will separate millions of mothers from their children in 2021.

Estimates have been rounded for this graphic.

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