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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.

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Wedge of a pie chart showing that 16,000 youth are detained in juvenile facilities. In 2015, detained youths (that is, those held awaiting a hearing, sentence, or placement) included 4,000 charged with status offenses or technical violations.

Data Source: See report methodology for source information. (Graph: Wendy Sawyer, 2018)

This graph originally appeared in Youth Confinement: The Whole Pie.



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