Jail incarceration in Lackawanna County, PA

I wrote a brief article about jail and deindustrialization in Scranton, PA, for the Vera Institute’s Human Toll of Jail series. As I wrote in the piece, the incarceration rates in Lackawanna County are extremely high, but Scranton is by no means an anomaly. There are small cities and towns all over rural Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, and the remainder of the Rust Belt that look very similar to Scranton, in terms of both the physical and carceral landscape.

If you are interested in exploring the incarceration data for your own county, or for any other county in the United States from the 1970s until now, the Incarceration Trends tool from the Vera Institute will probably be the best place to begin.


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