I need your help. I co-founded the Prison Policy Initiative to put the problem of mass incarceration — and the perverse incentives that fuel it — on the national agenda. Over the last 15 years, our campaigns have protected our democracy from the prison system and the poorest families in this country from the predatory prison telephone industry. Our reports untangle the statistics and recruit new allies.

But now, more than ever, we need your help to put data & compassion into the conversation. A group of donors will match the first $30,000 we can raise in November and December. Will you help us meet this goal?

Thank you.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate
Percent of Black population in each U.S. county that is incarcerated, excluding counties with less than 100 Black people incarcerated

Data Source: U.S. Census 2000. (Map: Rose Heyer, 2004)

This map originally appeared in Too big to ignore: How counting people in prisons distorted Census 2000.

In 178 counties, half of the Black population counted in the Census is incarcerated.

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