graph showing change in population of 30 state prison systems and the federal prison system from January 2020 to June 2021

Data Source: Percent change in state prison populations for 30 states and the federal Bureau of Prisons compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative from state Department of Correction population reports, weekly federal population reports, and the Vera Institute of Justice's People in Prison 2019 report. (Graph: Emily Widra, 2021)

This graph originally appeared in With over 2,700 deaths behind bars and slow vaccine acceptance, prisons and jails must continue to decarcerate.

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