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Comment by Luara on July 17, 2014 at 4:19am

It's the incarceration rate that matters.  Here's a graph of the percentage of Americans who are incarcerated:

But you can see the incarceration rate has also dramatically increased!

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 16, 2014 at 11:55pm

I noticed that the original graph stretched the periods 1980-1990 and 2000-2008, and squeezed a few sections to make the time axis linear: every ten years takes the same space.

The increase in incarcerated Americans is even more dramatic here, but it no longer coincides with the Sentencing Reform Act.

I wonder (1) what a graph of incarcerated Americans per capita would look like, to control for rising population, and (2) whether anything happened around 1980 that might be related to the visible increase.

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