I need your help. I co-founded the Prison Policy Initiative to put the problem of mass incarceration — and the perverse incentives that fuel it — on the national agenda. Over the last 17 years, our campaigns have protected our democracy from the prison system and protected the poorest families in this country from the predatory prison telephone industry. Our reports untangle the statistics and recruit new allies.

But now, more than ever, we need your help to put data & compassion into the conversation.

Thank you.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate
Graph showing that women in prison and jails are more likely than men to have a history of mental health problems.

Data Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Indicators of Mental Health Problems Reported by Prisoners and Jail Inmates, 2011-2012. (Graph: Wendy Sawyer, 2017)

This graph originally appeared in New government report points to continuing mental health crisis in prisons and jails.

Consistent with previous reports, female respondents in prisons and jails reported a history of mental health problems more frequently than male respondents.

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