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Where People in Prison Come From: The geography of mass incarceration

report logo What communities do people who are incarcerated come from? It's a simple question, with huge implications, that until recently was impossible to answer. However, thanks to recent reforms to end prison gerrymandering in more than a dozen states, the data is finally available to answer it.

We partnered with organizations in each of these states to collect this data, and we're making it available to advocates, researchers, organizers, journalists, and others. Our hope is that they'll use it to better understand how mass incarceration harms communities and correlates with other measures of community well-being.

Below you'll find our initial reports that provide an analysis of the geography of mass incarceration in each state and the datasets behind that analysis.

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