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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 16 years, our campaigns have protected our democracy from the prison system and protected 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. Any gift you can make today will be matched by other donors and go twice as far.

Thank you.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate

by Peter Wagner, December 2, 2007

Sharon Kyle cites our research on incarceration rates in Are California Progressives Blind to the Prison-Industrial Complex? on the California Progress Report


by Peter Wagner, November 8, 2007

Post-Star article
thumbnailWill Doolittle writes about our campaign for Census reform in the Glens Falls Post-Star in Political Power of Prisons.


by Peter Wagner, November 2, 2007

Andrea Senteno and Jay Cerrato write about the campaign for Census reform in the Gotham Gazette: Counting Convicts.


by Peter Wagner, November 1, 2007

David Sommerstein at North Country Public Radio has a 4 minute piece about St. Lawrence County Legislator Tedra Cobb asking the U.S. Census Bureau to change how it counts people in prison: Inmate count debate opens old wounds.


by Peter Wagner, August 16, 2007

Professor Marie Gottschalk cites our census research in an editorial in yesterday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
No prison like home
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For the U.S. census, convicts are counted as ‘residents’ of towns and counties outside the walls.


by Peter Wagner, August 7, 2007

New York Times article thumbnailThe New York Times writes about our Phantom constituents in the Empire State report in this excellent article by Sam Roberts: Inmates Have Political Pull in Some New York Counties.


by Peter Wagner, July 23, 2007

New York Times editorialThe New York Times cited our Phantom Constituents in the Empire State report in today’s editorial Phantom Voters in New York.


by Peter Wagner, July 19, 2007

Press
Republican article thumbnailOur report about how the Census burdens New York counties is receiving a lot of great press. Various versions of an Associated Press article have appeared in the Albany Times Union, the Daily Freeman, the Syracuse Post-Standard and in papers across upstate New York.


by Peter Wagner, July 18, 2007

We released a new report, “Phantom constituents in the Empire State: How outdated Census Bureau methodology burdens New York counties” today.


by Peter Wagner, July 16, 2007

book thumbnailOur long-time GIS Analyst, Rose Heyer, has a two-page color map, “The American Archipelago: U.S. Prison Proliferation 1900-2004 published in a new book Warfare in the American Homeland edited by Joy James. The new map updates her earlier map, U.S. Prison Proliferation 1900-2000.

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