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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.

But now, more than ever, we need your help to put data & compassion into the conversation. Any gift you can make today will be matched by other donors and go twice as far.

Thank you.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate
map of the city council districts in Anamosa Iowa where a prison is 96% of Ward 2's population

Data Source: U.S. Census, Anamosa City Council and research by Peter Wagner. (Graph: Adell Donaghue, 2008)

This graph originally appeared in New York Times profiles Anamosa Iowa, where a district is almost entirely people in prison.

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