About the Prison Policy Initiative

Design

Our logo and the basic structure of all of our sites was designed by Robert Machuga. Jordan Miner solves many of our technology and programming problems, including our interactive map of sentencing enhancement zones. The icons used in some of our web applications are from the Silk series by Mark James.

Technology

Our websites are hosted by pair.com. The newresearch mailing list is powered by Mailman and the Prisoners of the Census list by Campaign Monitor.

The Prisoners of the Census blog is managed by Wordpress, as is some of the "What's New" content on PrisonPolicy.org. The actual What's New section on the PrisonPolicy.org site is created using a custom php script that pulls content from our various content generation system and sorts it by relevance and date.

The research and factsheet databases are powered by Links 2.0 from Gossamer Threads.

The legal resource database, the music database (coming soon), and all of the interactive tools on PrisonersoftheCensus.org are custom PHP/MySQL scripts. The 404error pages are also produced by a custom PHP scripts that we hope to publish soon.

The PrisonersoftheCensus Correctional Facility Locator uses the Census website to show Census geographies and uses the GoogleMaps API for all other maps. Much of the data about block populations underlying the locator was originally provided by Bill Cooper of FairData 2000 for his Group Quarters Mapper.

We are frequently asked how we structure our content and navigation. The common header and footer elements on our pages are produced with simple php include statements. Each html page starts with the declaration of a few variables and then calls the header script to produce the top half of the page:

<?php
$section="About"; 
$title="About PPI";
include("header.php"); ?>

then there is the actual, generally hand-coded, page content, and the file ends:

<?php include("footer.php"); ?>

The header and footer files then contain a series of if then statements to allow us to generate custom content based on which section of the site is calling the script. But the most immediate benefit of this approach is that it allows us to keep the common elements on each page in one location for ease of editing.

Meet us

  • Jan 25-27, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be in Charlotte, North Carolina for meetings about redistricting and ending prison gerrymandering. Contact us if you’d like to meet up.
  • February 5, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be in New York for the reception of the exhibition, Prison Obscura, curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook. The exhibition includes Prison Map by Josh Begley and Proliferation by Paul Rucker, both of which rely on Prison Policy Initiative data to show the scale of mass incarceration. The event will be held at Parsons School of Design from 6:30-8:30pm and a Curator’s Talk by Pete Brooks at 5:45pm.
  • February 6, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be at Yale for a panel presentation at the Equality Re-Imagined Conference.
  • February 20, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner, Board Member Amanda Alexander and Advisory Board Member Bruce Reilly will present on a panel entitled “The fight against mass incarceration: Combining litigation and policy work for systemic change” at RebLaw at Yale Law School from 3-4:30pm.
  • February 24, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be speaking to the American Constitution Society Chapter at UConn School of Law at 12:30pm. Topics will include mass incarceration, prison gerrymandering, sentencing enhancement zones and more.

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Events

  • Jan 25-27, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be in Charlotte, North Carolina for meetings about redistricting and ending prison gerrymandering. Contact us if you’d like to meet up.
  • February 5, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be in New York for the reception of the exhibition, Prison Obscura, curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook. The exhibition includes Prison Map by Josh Begley and Proliferation by Paul Rucker, both of which rely on Prison Policy Initiative data to show the scale of mass incarceration. The event will be held at Parsons School of Design from 6:30-8:30pm and a Curator’s Talk by Pete Brooks at 5:45pm.
  • February 6, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be at Yale for a panel presentation at the Equality Re-Imagined Conference.
  • February 20, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner, Board Member Amanda Alexander and Advisory Board Member Bruce Reilly will present on a panel entitled “The fight against mass incarceration: Combining litigation and policy work for systemic change” at RebLaw at Yale Law School from 3-4:30pm.
  • February 24, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be speaking to the American Constitution Society Chapter at UConn School of Law at 12:30pm. Topics will include mass incarceration, prison gerrymandering, sentencing enhancement zones and more.

Not near you?
Invite us to your city, college or organization.

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