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
Two graphs showing that since 1970, the portion of the general public with high school credentials has grown, while low-skill jobs have declined. Formerly incarcerated people lag behind the general public in educational attainment by 12 percentage points.

Data Source: See https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/education.html#methodology for sources and data notes. (Graph: Wendy Sawyer, 2018)

This graph originally appeared in Getting Back on Course: Educational exclusion and attainment among formerly incarcerated people.

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