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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 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. Any gift you can make today will be matched by other donors and go twice as far.

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Scatterplot showing Incarcerated population as a percentage of district size in Texas and Louisiana local governments, 
grouped by whether the local government relied on or rejected the Census Bureau’s prison counts when drawing districts.

Data Source: Prison Policy Initiative original research. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2013)

This graph originally appeared in Avoiding prison gerrymandering is often a matter of common sense: Texas and Louisiana research update.

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