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 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.

But now, more than ever, we need your help to put data & compassion into the conversation.

Thank you.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate
graphic comparing the incarceration rates of the founding NATO members with the incarceration rates of the United States and the District of Columbia. The incarceration rate of 698 per 100,000 for the United States and 1153 for District of Columbia is much higher than any of the founding NATO members

(Graph: Peter Wagner and Wendy Sawyer, June 2018)

This graph is a part of the Prison Policy Initiative report, States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2018.



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