Prison-Based Gerrymandering

Providence, RI.  Local Cranston residents and the ACLU of Rhode Island won a significant victory today in their fight for equal voting power in City elections when Judge Lagueux of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island denied a motion to dismiss their one person, one vote...
09/08/2014
Press Release
CRANSTON, R.I. — Local residents joined the ACLU of Rhode Island today to sue the City of Cranston, charging that the 2012 redistricting plan for the City Council and School Committee violates the one person, one vote principle of the U.S. Constitution by counting incarcerated people in their...
02/19/2014
Press Release
Dear Acting Director Mesenbourg, We are writing about the consequences of the Census Bureau’s policy of tabulating incarcerated people as residents of prison locations, rather than at their home addresses. We write as organizations with an interest in ensuring fair and equitable representation for...
02/14/2013
Publication
Demos is a national, non-profit, non-partisan public policy, research and advocacy organization committed to building an America where democracy is robust and inclusive, with high levels of electoral participation and civic engagement.  To that end, the Demos works to reduce barriers to...
10/26/2012
Publication
Sandwiched between its controversial immigration, campaign finance and health-carerulings last month, the Supreme Court issued a little-noticed decision in a Maryland case that gave the green light to states to eliminate the repugnant practice of “prison-based gerrymandering.” States are now...
07/16/2012
News/Resource
Though it fell in a rather busy week and didn't grab much attention, another Supreme Court decision last week should have ramifications for Connecticut. The ruling affirmed the constitutionality of a Maryland law that counts incarcerated persons as residents of their last legal home addresses, not...
07/03/2012
News/Resource
Demos and the Prison Policy Initiative respectfully submit this testimony to make recommendations for the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting as it seeks to assess lessons learned after the 2010 Census and to set goals for the next Census redistricting process. The focus of this testimony is...
06/28/2012
Publication
The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed Monday a lower court's ruling upholding Maryland's new congressional redistricting plan, which counts inmates as living at their last-known addresses instead of in their prison cells. But it may not be the last word on the matter.   Some Republican lawmakers...
06/26/2012
News/Resource
Despite no health care ruling—tune in on Thursday for that—it was a big day at the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to the Arizona immigration case, there were two very significant rulings for our democracy. First, the Court continued down its recent path of manipulating the rules for...
06/25/2012
Blog
Washington, DC – The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the constitutionality of Maryland’s groundbreaking “No Representation Without Population Act,” which counts incarcerated people as residents of their legal home addresses for redistricting purposes. The 2010 law was a major civil rights victory...
06/25/2012
Press Release
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