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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.

Thank you.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate
Map showing how many residents each counties gained from the presence of a prison in the county or lost to the enumeration of a county's prisoners as residents of the county where they are incarcerated

Data Source: U.S. Census 2000, Michigan Department of Corrections. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2004)

This graph originally appeared in Census counts of prisoners undercount Michigan's cities.

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