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
Image charts the probation, parole, and incarcerated populations from 1975 to 2015. The probation population far exceeds other correctional populations.

Data Source: Compiled from Bureau of Justice Statistics'Annual Probation Survey, Annual Parole Survey, and Annual Survey of Jails data series and Prison Policy Initiative's Tracking State Prison Growth in 50 States. (Graph: Wendy Sawyer, 2016)

This graph originally appeared in Probation population declines: Good, but not good enough.

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