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
A graph of food costs for prisoners in Florida ($2.32), in California ($2.45) and for the average American ($8.12).

Data Source: The Prison Index (2003), page 29. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2003)

For an in depth look, see our 2017 article Food for thought: Prison food is a public health problem. We discuss a recent report from Washington that provides new evidence that prison food is not just gross, it is often nutritionally inadequate.



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