The Prison Policy Institute recently released a dataset of the most up-to-date incarceration data of people in jails and prisons across the U.S.
Key findings include:
- Black residents in every state are incarcerated at a higher rate than white residents
- Across the U.S. more women are incarcerated in jails than prisons.
These findings underscore ongoing systemic racial disparities and raise questions about the role of local jails in the mass incarceration of women. Action is required.