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 comparing unemployment rates of formerly incarcerated people to the general public, by race, sex, and education level. A shocking 60 percent of Black women with no high school diploma or GED are unemployed.

Data Source: See https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/education.html#methodology for sources and data notes. (Graph: Wendy Sawyer, 2018)

This graph originally appeared in Getting Back on Course: Educational exclusion and attainment among formerly incarcerated people.

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