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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.

Thank you.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate
Map and table showing the Maryland state legislative districts that, from 2001-2011, gave the people who lived near large prisons undue influence over the political process.  Until Maryland ended prison gerrymandering in 2010, any four residents of House of Delegates District 2B were given much political clout as five people in a district without a large prison. Every vote cast outside of District 2B was diluted.

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

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