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.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate
Graph showing that Whites are underrepresented in the incarcerated population while Blacks, and Latinos are overrepresented in prisons, and jails in Oklahoma using data from the 2010 Census

(Graph: Peter Wagner and Joshua Aiken, December 2016)

This graph is a part of 50 state incarceration profiles.

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