There are persistent racial disparities in who is incarcerated in Los Angeles County, with Black people and especially Black women suffering disproportionate rates. Although the jail population decreased at the beginning of the pandemic, racial disparities worsened for Black and Latinx/Hispanic people. An August 2020 study of the Los Angeles County jail population found that, during the pandemic, Black women were spending the longest days in custody and Black people with mental health needs were released at significantly lower rates than their white counterparts. To prevent these unintended consequences, the county must incorporate racial equity into its strategies to reduce the jail population. Here, you can track racial disparities in incarceration over time.