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

Incarceration clock

Put the incarceration clock on your website in 3 easy steps

Feel free to include the incarceration clock on your website. We ask only that you leave the credit line intact and use the version of the script on our server. We update the clock at least twice a year based on the newest statistics from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Step 1

Put this code in the <head></head> of your page:

<script src="//static.prisonpolicy.org/scripts/clock.js" 
language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript"></script>

Step 2

Change your <body> tag to read:

<body onload="startclock()">

Step 3

Put this code in the <body></body> of your page:

<form name="clock" onsubmit="0" action=""> 
<p>As of <span id="clockface">--:--:-- -.-.</span> 
today, there are an estimated <span id="prisonpop">-,---,---,
</span> people in U.S. prisons and jails.
<span class="credit"> (Source: 
<a href="http://www.prisonpolicy.org">
Prison Policy Initiative</a>)</span></p></form>
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