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.

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This graph shows that suicide has been the leading cause of death in jails from 2000-2013

Data Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000-2014 - Statistical Tables, Table 4. (Graph: Bernadette Rabuy, 2016)

This graph originally appeared in The life-threatening reality of short jail stays.

This graph shows that suicide has been the leading cause of death in jails from 2000-2013.

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