HELP US END MASS INCARCERATION The Prison Policy Initiative uses research, advocacy, and organizing to dismantle mass incarceration. We’ve been in this movement for 22 years, thanks to individual donors like you.

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Where people in prison come from: The geography of mass incarceration

origins report cover thumbnail What communities do people who are incarcerated come from? It's a simple question, with huge implications, that until recently was impossible to answer. However, the data is finally available to answer it. In this series of reports, we examine the data and make it available to the public to better understand how mass incarceration harms communities and what can be done about it.



Mass incarceration, state by state

Learn about the national prison crisis and how we can begin to turn the tide on mass incarceration. Then, drill down to your state. Be sure to also check out our pages focused on D.C., and the incarceration of Native people.




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