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Prison Policy Initiative, Inc

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Causes: Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Prison Alternatives, Voter Education & Registration, Voting Rights

Mission: The Prison Policy Initiative documents the impact of mass incarceration on individuals, communities, and the national welfare. We produce accessible and innovative research to empower the public to participate in creating better criminal justice policy.

Programs: The organization engaged in research and advocacy that exposes how mass incarceration negatively impacts our community and national well-being. This work led the federal communications commission to cap the cost of interstate calls home from prisons and jails and, this past year, we provided the fcc with essential research as it considers further regulations. A first comprehensive report on the related industry of prison and jail video visitation was produced and played a key role in protecting in-person visits in the state of texas and the city of portland, oregon. The organization continued to work with advocates and legislators on state-based remedies to correct the political distortions caused by the census bureau's practice of counting incarcerated people as residents of the towns which they are imprisoned rather than at their real home addresses.

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