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 number of people incarcerated per 100,000 populaton in four regions of the United States (Northeast, South, West and Midwest from 1978 to 2010

Data Source: For detailed sourcing, see http://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/overtime.html#regional. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2014)

This graph originally appeared in Tracking State Prison Growth in 50 States.

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