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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 16 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 shows that people of color are overrepresented in the Pennsylvania 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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  • November 29, 2017:
    Legal Director Aleks Kajstura will be in DC speaking at the congressional Democratic Women’s Working Group dinner about women’s mass incarceration.

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