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Figure 2. U.S. Incarceration Rates by Race and Sex


According to data analyzed by the Pew Center on the States, as of Jan. 1, 2008, more than 1 in every 100 adults is behind bars. For the most part, though, incarceration is heavily concentrated among men, racial and ethnic minorities, and 20-and 30-year olds. Among men the highest rate is with black males aged 20–34. Among women it's with black females aged 35–39.

Incarceration Rates among Men

  • White men ages 18 or older: 1 in 106
  • All men ages 18 or older: 1 in 54
  • Hispanic men ages 18 or older: 1 in 36
  • Black men ages 18 or older: 1 in 15
  • Black men ages 20–34: 1 in 9

Incarceration Rates among Women

  • White women ages 35–39: 1 in 355
  • Hispanic women ages 35–39: 1 in 297
  • All women ages 35–39: 1 in 265
  • Black women ages 35–39: 1 in 100