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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.

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If incarcerated people had been counted at home, this district's population would be outside federal requirements and the district would have to be redrawn.

(Graph: Prison Policy Initiative, 2011)

This graph originally appeared in Testimony of Peter Wagner Before the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting of the Massachusetts General Court on May 31, 2011.

In this example from the last round of redistricting, the 12th Hampden district in Springfield and Wilbraham was drawn to contain 41,642 just below the then-maximum of 41,666. But as this district includes Springfield which has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the state, a large number of people in prison are residents of this district, and the actual population was likely out of the permissible range.

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