HELP US END MASS INCARCERATION
The Prison Policy Initiative uses research, advocacy, and organizing to dismantle mass incarceration. We’ve been in this movement for 20 years, thanks to individual donors like you.
Can you help us sustain this work?
Peter Wagner, Executive Director
Articles by Alison Walsh
- We’re hiring! Join the Prison Policy Initiative team
Prison Policy Initiative is looking for a new Policy & Communications Associate!
Sep 9, 2016
- Prison Policy Initiative is growing!
Prison Policy Initiative is excited to welcome two new staff members!
Sep 2, 2016
- Meeting new board members: Nora Demleitner
Professor of Law Nora Demleitner explains why she joined the Prison Policy Initiative board.
Aug 23, 2016
- The criminal justice system is riddled with racial disparities
These 5 graphs break down just how riddled the U.S. criminal justice system is with racial disparities.
Aug 15, 2016
- Meeting new board members: Dan Kopf
Learn more about Dan Kopf, the newest member of Prison Policy Initiative's board.
Jul 25, 2016
- Maryland proposes – and promptly withdraws – plan to ban letters to people incarcerated in the state’s prisons
A now-withdrawn proposal would have made Maryland the first state to ban letters to people in state facilities.
Jul 20, 2016
- Father’s Day behind bars
An increasing number of fathers are spending Father's Day behind bars, away from their loved ones.
Jun 17, 2016
- New report and infographic: How does your state’s use of prison compare to the nations of the world?
Prison Policy Initiative's new report, "States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2016," compares the incarceration rates of individual U.S. states to that of other countries.
Jun 16, 2016
- License suspension reform spreads to Ohio
Ohio follows in Massachusetts' footsteps by ending unnecessary driver's license suspensions.
Jun 15, 2016
- EFF warns against using incarcerated people as “endless supply of free data”
A report by the EFF uncovers some alarming facts about a new "Tattoo Recognition Technology" research program that uses images obtained from incarcerated people.
Jun 7, 2016
- States, help families stay together by correcting a consequence of the Adoption and Safe Families Act
While the goal of the Adoption and Safe Families Act is noble, the law has the unintended consequence of depriving incarcerated parents of their legal rights to their children.
May 24, 2016
- New report, Protecting Written Family Communications in Jails: A 50-State Survey, finds how far states go to protect letter writing in jails
As jails around the county experiment with postcard-only policies, our new report examines jail mail standards in each state.
May 19, 2016
- Double your impact on Valley Gives Day
All donations up to $1000 will be matched this Valley Gives Day.
May 2, 2016
- In-person visits return to jails in Travis County, Texas!
For the first time since 2013, in-person visits will be allowed at Travis County jails.
Apr 19, 2016
- Massachusetts removes major roadblock to re-entry: unnecessary license suspensions
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill to end license suspensions for people convicted of drug offenses unrelated to road safety, eliminating a major barrier toward successful re-entry.
Mar 30, 2016
- Despite court stay, Mississippi sets new phone rates in accordance with FCC order
Mississippi just slashed its phone rates beyond what was required. What does that say to the states challenging the FCC's original order?
Mar 23, 2016
- Massachusetts may soon end license suspensions for drug offenses, with one caveat
Massachusetts conference committee has reached a compromise on bill that would end driver's license suspensions for drug offenses.
Mar 17, 2016
- FCC, your work isn’t over. Protect families from advanced communication services.
Our latest comments urging the FCC to regulate advanced communication services in correctional facilities.
Feb 12, 2016