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
graph showing the rise of the number of people 50 and over in NY State prisons while the number of people under 50 declines

Data Source: Annual reports of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2014)

This graph originally appeared in What’s wrong with this picture? Elderly in NY’s prisons.

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