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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 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.

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Map showing how Wyoming Senate District 6 goes 17 miles out of way to snag a prison and shift an incumbent into a separate district.

Data Source: Wyoming redistricting shapefile, Legislative Service Office. (Graph: Prison Policy Initiative, 2012)

This graph originally appeared in Intentional Prison-Based Gerrymandering Found In Wyoming.

The proposed districts had two incumbents in District 6. One incumbent had a creative idea: have District 6 extend 17 miles north to include a prison. Adding 499 people at the prison -- plus 261 residents along the way -- to District 6 would push the other incumbent into District 3. With these revisions, the map passed the legislature.

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