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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.

But now, more than ever, we need your help to put data & compassion into the conversation. Any gift you can make today will be matched by other donors and go twice as far.

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This graph shows that, as opposed to jails, illnesses are the major cause of death for the aging state prison population.

Data Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000-2013 - Statistical Tables, Table 18. (Graph: Bernadette Rabuy, 2015)

This graph originally appeared in New BJS report shows suicide in jails is a national crisis.

This graph shows that illnesses are the major cause of death for the aging state prison population.

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