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.
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Graph showing that police were twice as likely to use force against people of color in 2015

Data Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Contacts Between Police and the Public, 2015", Table 18. (Graph: Wendy Sawyer, 2018)

This graph originally appeared in Police stops are still marred by racial discrimination, new data shows.

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