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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, September 23, 2009

USA Today cites PPI and our work against prison-based gerrymandering in a discussion of major controversies in the upcoming 2010 Census.


by Peter Wagner, September 23, 2009

Timbuk3 cites our prison-based gerrymandering research in A Captive Constituency.


Wired Magazine picks PPI Advisory Board member Nils Christie for their October feature: The Smart List: 12 Shocking Ideas That Could Change the World. Read the article: Nils Christie: Empty the Prisons.

by Peter Wagner, September 22, 2009

Wired Magazine picks PPI Advisory Board member Nils Christie for their October feature: The Smart List: 12 Shocking Ideas That Could Change the World. Read the article: Nils Christie: Empty the Prisons.

thumbnail of wired magazine article interviewing Nils Christie


Michael Overall in the Tulsa World writes Prisons can inflate districts' influence about our newest report Importing Constituents: Prisoners and Political Clout in Oklahoma.

by Peter Wagner, September 20, 2009

article thumbnailMichael Overall in the Tulsa World writes Prisons can inflate districts’ influence about our newest report Importing Constituents: Prisoners and Political Clout in Oklahoma.


by Peter Wagner, September 18, 2009

Glen Ford has a radio commentary on Black Agenda Report that addresses prison-based gerrymandering and the 3/5ths clause of the constitution that allowed Southern Whites to cast pro-slavery votes on “behalf” of enslaved Blacks. See The Stolen Count: Prison Inmates and the Census.


Christian Smith-Socaris has a Progressive States Network Dispatch on How the Incarcerated are Counted Distorts our Politics. It includes a detailed summary of the problem of prison-based gerrymandering and a thorough review of what actions states can take to restore fairness to the redistricting process.

by Peter Wagner, September 14, 2009

article thumbnailChristian Smith-Socaris has a Progressive States Network Dispatch on How the Incarcerated are Counted Distorts our Politics. It includes a detailed summary of the problem of prison-based gerrymandering and a thorough review of what actions states can take to restore fairness to the redistricting process.


by Peter Wagner, September 13, 2009

Erik Fowle interviews PPI and writes on New America Media: Census Prisoner Count Skews Political Representation



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