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 comparing unemployment rates of Black women, Black men, white women, and white men in the U.S. general population to much higher rates of unemployment among their formerly incarcerated peers

Data Source: See https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/outofwork.html#methodology for sources and data notes. (Graph: Wendy Sawyer, 2018)

This graph originally appeared in Out of Prison & Out of Work: Unemployment among formerly incarcerated people.

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