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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 16 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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Collateral consequences

In the United States, many punishments don't end when your sentence does. Below is some of our key research and advocacy fighting for criminal justice policies that are proportional, that are fair and that make it easier for formerly incarcerated people to succeed.


report thumbnailReinstating Common Sense: How driver's license suspensions for drug offenses unrelated to driving are falling out of favor

This report focuses on the 12 states and D.C. that automatically suspend the driver's licenses of people who commit drug offenses unrelated to driving.

report thumbnailPunishing Poverty: The high cost of probation fees in Massachusetts

Our analysis finds that Massachusetts' poorest communities are hit hardest by monthly probation fees, which are rooted in harsh, "tough on crime" 1980s rhetoric and make little sense for the state today.

report thumbnailSuspending Common Sense in Massachusetts: Driver's license suspensions for drug offenses unrelated to driving

This report led Massachusetts to end the practice of automatically suspending the driver's licenses of people who commit drug offenses unrelated to driving. We are now turning our attention to the remaining states with this counterproductive law.

report thumbnailJim Crow in Massachusetts? Prisoner disenfranchisement

In 2000, Massachusetts amended its constitution to deny incarcerated people the right to vote. We provided the first analysis of how many people lost their right to vote and the racial disparity inherent in this regressive law.


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Events

  • November 29, 2017:
    Legal Director Aleks Kajstura will be in DC speaking at the congressional Democratic Women’s Working Group dinner about women’s mass incarceration.

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