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by Peter Wagner, August 26, 2009

Alice Green writes about our work against prison-based gerrymandering on the Times-Union blog: Prisoners are People Too.


American History magazine has a two page datagraphic "Lock Up, U.S.A.: A startling statistical rap sheet on our prison system" based in part on The Prison Index: Taking the Pulse of the Crime Control Industry. The American History graphic, unfortunately, is only available in the print edition.

by Peter Wagner, August 4, 2009

American History magazine has a two page datagraphic “Lock Up, U.S.A.: A startling statistical rap sheet on our prison system” based in part on The Prison Index: Taking the Pulse of the Crime Control Industry. The American History graphic, unfortunately, is only available in the print edition.

small version of american history infographic about Lockup usa



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