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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
A map of the United States, with each county colored based on the percent of its black population that is incarcerated.

Data Source: U.S. Census 2000. (Graph: Rose Heyer, 2003)

This graph originally appeared in Too big to ignore: How counting people in prisons distorted Census 2000.

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