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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.

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Map showing the current sentencing enhancement zones in Hampden County, Massachusetts.

(Graph: Prison Policy Initiative, 2008)

This graph originally appeared in The Geography of Punishment: How Huge Sentencing Enhancement Zones Harm Communities, Fail to Protect Children.

Hundreds of sentencing enhancement zones intersect, making drug defendants in urban communities subject to penalties not applied to defendants in rural areas, where the zones are infrequent. (The large zones in the rural areas are caused by state parks where few, if any, people actually live.)

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