Prison-Based Gerrymandering

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
The federal judges drawing Kansas’s new state legislative maps have deftly saved the state from earning the “worst prison gerrymander” award for the 2010 cycle of state legislative redistricting. In a report released on May 28, shortly before the redistricting trial began, the Prison Policy...
06/08/2012
News/Resource
  The report is timed to the two-day federal trial that starts tomorrow morning that will redraw Kansas’ legislative districts. If the Court were to adopt the House’s proposed map, Kansas would end up with a dubious distinction: having the nation’s most extreme instance of prison-based...
05/28/2012
Publication
On Friday, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed a new law that will give more rural counties the option of avoiding prison-based gerrymandering, helping to ensure fairer representation for incarcerated Virginians. The law, HB13, passed both Houses unanimously. It was sponsored by Delegate Riley...
03/27/2012
Press Release
This week the plaintiffs in the “Little v. LATFOR” case officially withdrew their challenge to the 2010 New York law which requires the state to count incarcerated people as residents of their legal home addresses for state legislative redistricting purposes.  After a drawn-out...
03/16/2012
Blog
Drawing districts in New York State is a dizzying political game, with accusations of political partisanship and gerrymandering thrown back and forth for years. The ball is now firmly in Governor Cuomo’s court, much to his chagrin. Today brought the Governor's most public attempt to swat...
02/22/2012
News/Resource
La práctica de la “manipulación de los distritos electorales sobre la base de la población reclusa” conocida como Gerrymandering, se produce cuando las personas encarceladas son incluidas como “residentes” de una cárcel durante el proceso de formación de distritos electorales para conceder más...
02/01/2012
Publication
In the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, 46-year-old John Molina—a self-described "political process junkie”—went all out. He attended rallies, put an Obama bumper sticker on his car and told all his neighbors to get out and vote. "I'm one of those people that knocks on doors,"he says. "...
01/17/2012
News/Resource
A Federal District Court late last month wisely upheld a 2010 Maryland law that counts prison inmates as residents in their home communities for purposes of redistricting, rather than at the prisons where they are incarcerated.   Read the Demos' Analysis of the Fletcher v. Lamone ruling >...
01/17/2012
News/Resource
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