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 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.

Thank you.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate
Map showing that 68% of incarcerated people in Maryland are from 
Baltimore City, but 83% of the state's prison cells are outside the city.

Data Source: Peter Wagner and Olivia Cummings, Importing Constituents: Incarcerated People and Political Clout in Maryland (2010). (Map: Peter Wagner, 2014)

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