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 17 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.

Thank you.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate

Frank Green explores the harm prisoner miscount does to Virginia's democracy in "Census Boon?" in the Times-Dispatch. Calls for reform are coming from many corners, including the delegate who benefits the most from counting prisoners where they are incarcerated.

by Peter Wagner, January 22, 2007

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Frank Green explores the harm prisoner miscount does to Virginia’s democracy in Census Boon? in the Times-Dispatch. Calls for reform are coming from many corners, including the delegate who benefits the most from counting prisoners where they are incarcerated.


by Peter Wagner, January 22, 2007

Rzeczpospolita (Poland) quotes Executive Director Peter Wagner on the failure of mass incarceration to control crime in Co czwarty więzień to Amerykanin (Every fourth prisoner is an American).


by Peter Wagner, January 21, 2007

New York State Senator Eric Adams calls for the state to change how it counts prison populations during redistricting in The Empire Stakes: 2012 in Roll Call (subscription required).


by Peter Wagner, January 6, 2007

New York State Senator Liz Krueger cites our Importing Constituents: Prisoners and Political Clout in New York report in a blog post calling for an end to the practice of drawing legislative districts based on Census counts of prisoner populations.



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