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
International rates of incarceration

Data Source: Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2004, U.S. Census and Americans Behind Bars: The International Use of Incarceration. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2005)

This graph originally appeared in Incarceration is not an equal opportunity punishment.

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