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
Median annual incomes for incarcerated people prior to incarceration and non-incarcerated people ages 27-42, in 2014 dollars, by race/ethnicity and gender.
Incarcerated people
(prior to incarceration)
Non-incarcerated people
Men Women Men Women
All $19,650 $13,890   $41,250 $23,745
Black $17,625 $12,735  $31,245 $24,255
Hispanic $19,740 $11,820  $30,000 $15,000
White $21,975 $15,480  $47,505 $26,130

Data Source: For sources see the full report . (Graph: Bernadette Rabuy and Daniel Kopf, 2015)

This graph originally appeared in Prisons of Poverty: Uncovering the pre-incarceration incomes of the imprisoned.

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