The Prison Policy Initiative conducts research and advocacy on incarceration policy. Our work starts with the idea that the racial, gender and economic disparities between the prison population and the larger society represent the grounds for a democratic catastrophe.
Our conception of prison reform is based not solely in opposing a rising rate of incarceration, but in evolving to a better way of addressing social problems than warehousing our citizens in cages.
For more information contact:
Prison Policy Initiative
P.O. Box 127
Northampton, MA 01061
Peter Wagner is Assistant Director of the Prison Policy Initiative and a fourth-year law student at Western New England College School of Law. He is the author of "Importing Constituents: Prisoners and Political Clout in New York" (April, 2002), the first systematic state analysis of the impact of prisoner enumeration policies on legislative redistricting.
As a 2003 Soros Post-Graduate Fellow he will expand his work on prisoner enumeration into a national research and advocacy project.
The Western Prison Project exists to coordinate a progressive response to the criminal justice system, build a grassroots, multi-racial movement that achieves prison reform and reduces the over-reliance on incarceration in the western states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and Nevada.
WPP provides public education on criminal justice issues, organizes and mobilizes grassroots activists for advocacy efforts, and provides training and assistance to grassroots criminal justice reform organizations in our region.
For more information, contact:
Western Prison Project
P.O. Box 40085
Portland, OR 97240