I need your help. 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.

Thank you.
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Graph showing Black men made up 40% of all incarcerated men and 42% of all new HIV diagnoses of men in 2010, despite making up only 12% of the total male U.S. population

Data Source: Percentages calculated by the Prison Policy Initiative from U.S. Census 2010 Summary File 1 Table P22 and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV Surveillance Report, 2010 Table 3a. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2017)

This graph originally appeared in The parallel epidemics of incarceration & HIV in the Deep South.

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