A portrait of Peter Wagner.
Peter Wagner
Executive Director
I need your help. The Prison Policy Initiative is at the forefront of the movement for criminal justice reform. We've protected our democracy from the prison system and the poorest families in this country from the predatory prison telephone industry. And our timely and accessible reports recruit new and stronger allies to our movement.

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Some of our other supporters will match every gift made through the end of the year. Can you stand up for smart and effective criminal justice policy with a gift today?

I thank you for investing in our work towards a more just tomorrow.
—Peter Wagner
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Beyond producing original research, the Prison Policy Initiative edits several databases to empower activists, journalists and policy makers to make effective criminal justice policy.

Written research & reports

  • 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.)

Legal assistance

We don't provide legal assistance to incarcerated people, but we have produced the only up-to-date list of the organizations that do:

  • 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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