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
Map showing the growing national momentum to end prison-based gerrymandering, including actions by state and local governments

(Map: Peter Wagner, 2015)

Please see our campaign pages for California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Oregon and Wisconsin and our legislation page for additional information on previous legislation in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Texas. Also see our articles about the laws in Michigan, Colorado and Virginia that require or encourage local governments to avoid prison-based gerrymandering. And for individual county, school board and municipal governments, please see our list of places known to have excluded prison populations when redistricting.

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