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

by Peter Wagner, May 9, 2010

Peter Wagner is quoted in the Patriot Ledger regarding Mass.’s plan to bill prison inmates for room and board. Because most people in prison are poor, this counter-productive policy “is like spending money to squeeze blood from a stone.”


by Peter Wagner, February 17, 2010

Artist Paul Rucker’s new installation, Proliferation, inspired by the map of U.S. Prison Proliferation, 1900-2000 by PPI’s Rose Heyer was just reviewed in CityArts.


Added Most upstate counties with prisons agree: A prison cell is not a residence [PDF] to the New York organizing page.

by Peter Wagner, February 14, 2010

poster thumbnail Added Most upstate counties with prisons agree: A prison cell is not a residence [PDF] to the New York organizing page.


by Peter Wagner, January 19, 2010

We added links to recent radio interviews on WBAI, The Take Away and shows to our In the News page.


by Peter Wagner, January 15, 2010

Matt Kelley cites PPI’s research on sentencing enhancement zones in a post saluting New Jersey’s first-in-the-nation reform of these short-sighted laws.



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