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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. Any gift you can make today will be matched by other donors and go twice as far.

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Pie chart showing the number of women locked up on a given day in the United States by facility type and the underlying offense using the newest data available in 2017.

Data Source: For sources and data notes see https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2017women.html#dataheader. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2017)

This graph originally appeared in Women’s Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2017.

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