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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.

Thank you.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate
Graph showing the local jail incarceration rate from 1940 to 2015

Data Source: Compiled from multiple Bureau of Justice Statistics data sets for the jail population and divided by U.S. Census Bureau annual estimates of the total population. See our blog post about the Bureau of Justice Statistics data and Tracking State Prison Growth in 50 States for the sources of population data through 2012. More recent Census Bureau estimates are from the relevant section in American Factfinder. (Graph: Joshua Aiken, 2017)

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