Incarceration Trends

Incarceration Trends

Although jails are increasingly being recognized as the “front door” to mass incarceration, data about local incarceration has been disparately located, making it difficult for justice system stakeholders and others to understand how their jail is being used and how it compares with others. The Incarceration Trends Project aims to inform the public debate on mass incarceration and help guide change by providing easily accessible information on incarceration in every county in the United States. The centerpiece of the project is a new data tool that includes jail data for each of the approximately U.S. 3,000 counties, and analyzes trends over time. Incarceration Trends is a project of the Vera Institute of Justice with support from the Safety and Justice Challenge.

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"Incarcerated women skyrocketing" - Fort-Wayne Journal Gazette

“The number of women in Indiana jails – 2,700 – is 25 times what it was in 1970, according to a report released last week by the Vera Institute of Justice and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.”

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Overlooked: Women and Jails in an Era of Reform

Since 1970, there has been a nearly five-fold increase in the number of people in U.S. jails—the approximately 3,000 county or municipality-run detention facilities that primarily hold people arrested but not yet convicted of a crime. Despite recent scrutiny from

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"Measuring Incarceration: Don't overlook local jails" - The Marshall Project

“One-third of the 2.2 million incarcerated Americans are in jails and, if jail and state trends diverge, the prison numbers alone can give a false picture of a state’s trajectory and make it hard to compare one state with another.

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