Graph showing the number of women incarcerated by federal, state, or local governments per 100,000 female residents from 1922 to 2015. Women's state prison and jail incarceration rates have grown dramatically, and about equally, since the late 1970's.

Data Source: For source details, see (Graph: Wendy Sawyer, 2018)

This graph originally appeared in The Gender Divide: Tracking women’s state prison growth.

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  • May 15, 2018:
    Our Policy Analyst Lucius Couloute will be at the LEDA Summit on Race and Inclusion in Holland, Michigan, presenting his research on the challenges and disadvantages people face when they are released from prison. Tickets are available on LEDA’s website.

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