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
Graph showing the 536,000 people in pre-trial detention in the United States as of 2018. There are 465,000 people detained before trial in local jails, 51,000 in the federal pre-trial system, 1,100 in Indian Country jails, 9,000 youth in youth facilities, and 15,000 receiving (or being evaluated for) psychiatric treatment prior to trial.

Data Source: See "read about the data" section of full report. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2018)

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

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