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 charting the U.S. unemployment rate from 1929-2017, showing that the 27% unemployment rate for formerly incarcerated people in 2008 was higher than the 25% peak unemployment rate during the Great Depression

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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