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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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Graph showing imprisonment rates by age group from 1993 to 2013 indicating that the rate for those 45 or order has been increasing steadily.

Data Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Aging of the State Prison Population, 1993-2013). (Graph: Meredith Booker, 2016)

This graph originally appeared in BJS data shows graying of prisons.

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