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

Communication

The Prison Policy Initiative uncovers how prisons, jails, and the private sector inhibit important communications and exploit families. See our research on:

And don’t miss our report: Separation by Bars and Miles: Visitation in state prisons finding that most people in state prison are locked up over 100 miles from their families and that, unsurprisingly, these great distances — as well as the time and expense required to overcome them — actively discourage family visits. That reality makes protecting other forms of communication home all the more important.


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