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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
Graph showing the number of people in state prison and local jails per 100,000 residents in the District of Columbia from 1978 to 2015

Data Source: Compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative from multiple Bureau of Justice Statistics datasets. For detailed sourcing, see our report Era of Mass Expansion: Why State Officials Should Fight Jail Growth. (Graph: Joshua Aiken, 2017)

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