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
The number of state prisoners in Pennsylvania grew from 8,112 in 1980 to 36,614 in 2000

Data Source: Mother Jones Magazine, July 2001, Debt to Society: Pennsylvania, Increasing imprisonment. (Graph: Prison Policy Initiative, 2009)

This graph originally appeared in Importing Constituents: Prisoners and Political Clout in Pennsylvania.



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