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 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.

Thank you.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate
graph: prisoners per 100,000 population 1925-2001; emphasizing the low rate of incarceration during censuses prior to the 1990

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

This graph originally appeared in Prior to 1990 Census, prisoners were not explicitly excluded from Census counts.



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