graph showing percent change in prison populations since the onset of the pandemic

Data Source: Percent change in state prison populations for 21 states compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative from state Department of Correction population reports and the Vera Institute of Justice's People in Prison 2019 report. (Graph: Emily Widra, 2020)

This graph originally appeared in As COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly, state prisons and local jails have failed to mitigate the risk of infection behind bars.

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