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
Slice of a pie chart showing how many people are in jail for each offense, including jurisdictions and conviction status. Local jails hold one out of every three incarcerated people

Data Source: See report methodology for source information. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2018)

This graph originally appeared in Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018.

Renting jail space to other agencies skews local priorities and fuels jail expansion, for more information, see the second part of our report, Era of Mass Expansion.

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