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by Peter Wagner, January 27, 2012

Friend of Prison Policy Initiative artist Paul Rucker has been awarded a prestigious grant from Creative Capital to make more art about mass incarceration. His 2009 project, Proliferation, was inspired by the map of U.S. Prison Proliferation, 1900-2000 by PPI’s Rose Heyer. Don’t miss the review of Proliferation on CityArts. Congratulations Paul!


by Leah Sakala, January 17, 2012

At the 1/16 GOP primary debate Juan Williams cited PPI’s data in a question he asked about the issue of racial disparities in drug-related arrests and convictions:



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