graph showing that the jail population in early September 2020 is the highest it has been since April 2020, despite the ongoing pandemic

Data Source: Data collected by the NYU Public Safety Lab Jail Data Initiative and analyzed by the Prison Policy Initiative. The temporary population drop during the last week of May and August is the result of more facilities than usual not being included in the data set, rather than any known policy changes. (Graph: Emily Widra, 2020)

This graph originally appeared in Visualizing changes in the incarcerated population during COVID-19.

Stay Informed

Get the latest updates:


And our other newsletters:







Stay Informed


Get the latest updates:



Tweet this page Donate