Data Source: For information about the data visit the data section of the report. (Graph: Peter Wagner & Bernadette Rabuy, 2016)
This graph originally appeared in Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2016.
<p>Chart showing the 5,487 people civilly committed in 16 states and the federal system. The largest number are in California -- unsurprising, given that it is the largest state in the country -- followed by Minnesota, a state that is seven times smaller and that has one of the lowest prison incarceration rates in the nation.</p> <p>These facilities and the confinement there are technically civil, but in reality are quite like prisons and run by state prison systems.</p> <p>In 2015, the civil commitment systems in Minnesota and Missouri were both declared unconstitutional because they failed to release people and were not regularly assessing if continued detention was warranted.</p>