I need your help. 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 15 years, our campaigns have protected our democracy from the prison system and 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. A group of donors will match the first $30,000 we can raise in November and December. Will you help us meet this goal?

Thank you.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate

What’s New



Featured report

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2016

pie chart report 2016 thumbnail With 2.3 million people locked up in more than 6,000 correctional facilities operated by thousands of agencies, getting the big picture is anything but easy. In our new report and comprehensive graphic, Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2016, we provide the answer to how many people are locked up in the U.S., where, and why. We are optimistic that this “whole pie” approach gives the public and policymakers the foundation to now consider the types of changes that would end the country’s reign as the number one incarcerator in the world.



Unpacking mass incarceration

Learn about the national prison crisis and how we can begin to turn the tide on mass incarceration. Then, drill down to your state.




If our work is new to you, you might want to check out our 2015-2016 annual report.



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