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
Map contrasting Franklin and St. Lawrence Counties in NY. Two neighboring counties have a number of large prisons. One has always excluded the prisoners during local redistricting, the other changed policy and decided to include the prisoners.

Data Source: U.S. Census 2000, New York Department of Correctional Services. (Map: Peter Wagner, 2004)

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