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
Graph showing that Native Hawaiians are overrepresented in Hawaiian prisons and jails. Native Hawaiians are 9.4% of the state population, but 22.3% of the people in prisons and jails.

Data Source: U.S. Census 2000. (Graph: Peter Wagner, May 2004)

Note: this graph understates the actual problem because it compares the people in prison who are "Native Hawaiian alone" incarcerated in the state with people in the total state population who are "Native Hawaiian alone or in combination with other races". Other estimates say that 40-60% of the state's prison population is in part Native Hawaiian.

Graph is a part of Racial disparities in incarceration by state.

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