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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. Any gift you can make today will be matched by other donors and go twice as far.

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Venn diagram showing the patterns in state regulation of jail mail and the correlation with county jail letter bans.

Data Source: Multiple, full list available at https://www.prisonpolicy.org/postcards/50states_appendix.html. (Graph: Corey Frost, 2016)

This graph originally appeared in Protecting Written Family Communication in Jails: A 50-State Survey.

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