Now You Can Visualize What 10.6 Million Jail Admissions a Year Looks Like
Date:  03-24-2018

Data journalist and illustrator Mona Chalabi created a visualization that helps you grasp the sobering number of people in U.S. jails
From Prison Policy Initiative:

A staggering 731,000 people are held in local jails across the U.S. every day. But the impact of jail is actually far greater: People go to jail 10.6 million times each year. We collaborated with data journalist and illustrator Mona Chalabi to visualize just how vast a number 10.6 million jail admissions is.

Wrapping our heads around the scale of this problem is critical because even short-term jail stays can be devastating. Suicide rates in jail are literally off the charts. Just two or three days of pretrial detention increases the odds of rearrest, imprisonment, and longer sentences. Jail incarceration impairs economic mobility, contributes to homelessness, and causes disruptions in medical care, benefits like food stamps and Medicaid, and family life.

To see the full visualization click here.