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
graphic showing the portion of the jails population that is convicted and unconvicted with and without including the tens of thousands of immigration detainees and state/federal prisoners who are also housed in jails

Data Source: Compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative. See Who is in jail? Deep dive and Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2015. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2015)

This graph originally appeared in Who is in jail? Deep dive.

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