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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.

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by Peter Wagner, October 28, 2008

Matt Kelley discusses Rose Heyer’s map 21 Counties where 21% are in prison from our Too Big to Ignore report in his entry about the Times coverage of Anamosa, Iowa on the Change.org Criminal Justice blog.


by Peter Wagner, October 26, 2008

The New York Timescoverage of how the Census Bureau’s prison miscount harms rural voters is getting a lot of play in blogs, including on Talkleft, Legal Ruralism, Smogr Data Detectives, and Geography101 plus a followup on Geography 101.


by Peter Wagner, October 24, 2008

New York Times article thumbnailSam Roberts writes about Anamosa Iowa and the city district that is 96% prisoners in the New York Times: Census Bureau’s Counting of Prisoners Benefits Some Rural Voting Districts


by Peter Wagner, October 20, 2008

Families Against Mandatory Minimums discusses our report
The Geography of Punishment: How Huge Sentencing Enhancement Zones Harm Communities, Fail to Protect Children” in the Fall 2008 issue of their newsletter [PDF, p. 9]


by Peter Wagner, October 9, 2008

Nathaniel Hoffman quotes Peter Wagner in this Boise Weekly article about the prison miscount:
Census bungles prison populations.

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