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.

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Graph shows that people of color are overrepresented in the North Carolina juvenile life without parole population.

Data Source: Calculated from data collected in Appendix B of ‘Juvenile Life Without Parole in Law and Practice: Chronicling the Rapid Change Underway’ (Mills, Dorn, Mritz, 2016). (Graph: Joshua Aiken, 2016)

This graph originally appeared in Why do we lock juveniles up for life and throw away the key? Race plays a big part.

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