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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 17 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.

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Graph showing the number of women in Michigan state prisons from 1978 to 2015. In 1978, there were 621 women in Michigan state prisons. By 2015, the number of women in prison had grown to 2,273.

(Graph: Wendy Sawyer, January 2018)

thumbnail for The Gender Divide report This graph is a part of the Prison Policy Initiative report, The Gender Divide: Tracking women's state prison growth.

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