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 incarceration rate for women in Pennsylvania state prisons. In 1978, there were 3 women incarcerated per 100,000 women in Pennsylvania. By 2015, the women's incarceration rate in Pennsylvania was 42 per 100,000 women in Pennsylvania.

(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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