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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 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. 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, February 26, 2009

Andrew Beveridge includes the Census Bureau’s prison miscount on his list of big issues for the 2010 Census and cites our advocacy in his article New York and the Fight Over the 2010 Census in the Gotham Gazette.


Maureen Turner covers our sentencing enhancement zone reports Geography of Punishment and Reaching Too Far on the cover of this week's Valley Advocate: Urban Penalty: Do drug-free school zones unfairly target cities and people of color?

by Peter Wagner, February 25, 2009

article thumbnailMaureen Turner covers our sentencing enhancement zone reports Geography of Punishment and Reaching Too Far on the cover of this week’s Valley Advocate: Urban Penalty: Do drug-free school zones unfairly target cities and people of color?


St. John Barned-Smith writes about our new report Reaching too Far, Coming up Short: How Large Sentencing-Enhancement Zones Miss the Mark in the Bay State Banner: Mass. sentencing laws not doing the job.

by Peter Wagner, February 19, 2009

article thumbnailSt. John Barned-Smith writes about our new report Reaching too Far, Coming up Short: How Large Sentencing-Enhancement Zones Miss the Mark in the Bay State Banner: Mass. sentencing laws not doing the job.


Chris Faraone writes about our new report Reaching too Far, Coming up Short: How Large Sentencing-Enhancement Zones Miss the Mark in the Boston Phoenix: You're Probably in a Drug-Free School Zone Right Now: For all the good it does.

by Peter Wagner, February 11, 2009

article thumbnail Chris Faraone writes about our new report Reaching too Far, Coming up Short: How Large Sentencing-Enhancement Zones Miss the Mark in the Boston Phoenix: You’re Probably in a Drug-Free School Zone Right Now: For all the good it does.


Brent Staples cites our research and calls on the Census Bureau to stop fueling prison-based gerrymandering in a post on the New York Times editorial writers' blog: The Census: Phantom Constituents.

by Peter Wagner, February 6, 2009

blog post thumbnailBrent Staples cites our research and calls on the Census Bureau to stop fueling prison-based gerrymandering in a post on the New York Times editorial writers’ blog: The Census: Phantom Constituents.


Matt Kelley features our map of Hampden County, MA sentencing enhancement zones as the Monday map on Change.org. The post goes on to talk about our new report Reaching too far, coming up short: How large sentencing enhancement zones miss the mark.

by Peter Wagner, February 6, 2009

thumbnail of our Hampden county-wide full interactive page map of the sentencing enhancement zones in effect in 2008
Matt Kelley features our map of Hampden County, MA sentencing enhancement zones as the Monday map on Change.org. The post goes on to talk about our new report Reaching too far, coming up short: How large sentencing enhancement zones miss the mark.


We've released our newest report about Massachusetts' sentencing enhancement zone law: Reaching too far, coming up short: How large sentencing enhancement zones miss the mark.

by Peter Wagner, February 6, 2009

thumbnail of graphic in report We’ve released our newest report about Massachusetts’ sentencing enhancement zone law: Reaching too far, coming up short: How large sentencing enhancement zones miss the mark.



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