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

This page is no longer being maintained as we do not have the resources to update it. It is available for historical purposes only. Our Research Clearinghouse and legal resources for incarcerated people are available elsewhere on our website.

Databases

Beyond producing original research, the Prison Policy Initiative edits several databases to empower activists, journalists and policy makers to make effective criminal justice policy.

Research Clearinghouse and Legal Resources

  • thumbnailResearch Clearinghouse: virtually all of the empirical criminal justice research available on the internet catalogued right here. (We also offer an email newsletter (at right) for the Research Clearinghouse updates.)
  • thumbnailLegal resources for incarcerated people: law firms and organizations that provide free legal assistance to incarcerated people on civil (non-criminal) matters. We automatically remove entries that have not been re-confirmed by the organization within the last 12 months.

Geographic prison data

Our prison gerrymandering project addresses how the Census Bureau's prison count distorts democracy and the redistricting process. The data we've collected and the tools we've built are critical to redistricting advocates and are useful in some other contexts as well:

Cataloguing the corrections industry

Some of the most powerful exposés of the prison industry have come from individual journalists, and we're maximixing the impact of some of these stories by grouping them together in one place:

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