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 15 years, our campaigns have protected our democracy from the prison system and 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 the incarceration rate for Iowa, California, New York, Minnesota and all 50 states from 1978 to 2013. Iowa's rate is lower than Louisiana and the US average, but is now higher than the dropping New York rate.

Data Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Corrections Statistical Analysis Tool (CSAT) - Prisoners with sentences over 1 year. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2015)

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