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Graph showing rate of women's incarceration in the U.S. between 1910 and 2014. The rate remains mostly below 20 per 100,000 before climbing sharply after 1980, settling well above 120 in the current century.

Data Source: This graph is based on a number of different datasets that included women in all types of correctional facilities (including jails) and the total U.S. women's population for the corresponding year. For detailed sourcing, see http://www.prisonpolicy.org/global/women/#historical. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2015)

This graph originally appeared in States of Women's Incarceration: The Global Context.

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