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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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The actual resident population of this district was smaller than the minimum 
allowable

(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 3rd Suffolk District had a Census population of 37,986, just above the then-minimum of 37,698. But this district reached that population only by claiming the 1,549 people incarcerated at the Suffolk County House of Correction as residents. The actual population of this district was about 8% below the ideal district size, giving every 92 actual residents of this district the influence of 100 residents in other parts of the state.

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