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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.
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Articles by Rachel Gandy
- Explaining Texas’ overnight prison boom
By drastically slowing releases from prisons, Texas policymakers ensured that the state’s prison population would more than double in only five years in the 1990s. Decades later, Texans are still dealing with the consequences.
Aug 7, 2015
- John Oliver attacks harmful mandatory minimum laws
On Sunday, Last Week Tonight's John Oliver tackled another pressing criminal justice issue: the troubling practice of mandatory minimums. Oliver's 15-minute segment....
Jul 28, 2015
- In prisons, Blacks and Latinos do the time while Whites get the jobs
The Attica prison rebellion resulted from a racial/ethnic disparity between the incarcerated and the staff. Decades later, that disparity still hasn't changed.
Jul 10, 2015
- Justice Breyer argues the death penalty isn’t just cruel, it’s unusual too
83% of the U.S. population lives in places where the death penalty is unusual either by law or by practice.
Jul 2, 2015
- One institution, two different views: How Black and White Americans regard the police
Year after year, Blacks consistently report having less confidence in the police than Whites.
Jul 2, 2015
- What’s behind New York State’s elderly prison boom?
A failure to adopt sensible parole policies is driving New York State's elderly prison boom.
Jun 29, 2015