Prison-Based Gerrymandering

NEW YORK -- On Friday, Dec 23, a federal three-judge panel unanimously upheld the constitutionality of Maryland’s landmark “No Representation Without Population Act,” which counts incarcerated people as residents of their legal home addresses for redistricting purposes.  Demos Democracy...
01/03/2012
Press Release
After the 2010 decennial census, Maryland enacted a new redistricting plan in October 2011 for its eight congressional districts. The plaintiffs, nine African-American residents of Maryland, commenced this action against election officials of Maryland (―Maryland‖ or ―the State‖), contending that...
12/23/2011
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In this declatory judgement action, plaintiffs now seek summary judgement on their first cause of action which seeks a judicial declaration that Part XX of Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2010, which requires that inmates be counted for reapportionment purposes in their last known residence prior to...
12/02/2011
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In their motion for a preliminary injunction, the Plaintiffs challenge Maryland’s landmark civil rights law, the “No Representation Without Population Act”, alleging that the law violates the equal protection principle of ‘One Person One Vote’ and Article I of the U.S. Constitution. Plaintiffs are...
12/02/2011
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BALTIMORE, MD – Today, a coalition of civil rights groups, including the Prison Policy Initiative, Demos, ACLU of Maryland, Maryland State Conference of NAACP Branches, Somerset County Branch of the NAACP, and others announced that they are preparing an amicus brief to defend the “No Representation...
11/18/2011
Press Release
Thank you, Members of the Minnesota Judicial Special Redistricting Panel, for providing the opportunity to submit written testimony. Dēmos is a national, non-profit, non-partisan research and policy organization. The Dēmos Democracy Program works to ensure high levels of voting and civic engagement...
10/27/2011
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NEW YORK-- National public policy organization Demos applauds California Governor Brown for signing AB 420, a bill to end prison-based gerrymandering. Introduced by Assemblymember Mike Davis, the legislation ends the practice of treating incarcerated individuals as residents of the districts where...
10/11/2011
Press Release
On behalf of Demos, I'd like to thank the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) for this opportunity to testify about reapportionment in New York State. Demos is a national, non-profit, non-partisan public policy, research and advocacy organization committed to...
09/20/2011
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In 2010, New York passed a law mandating that incarcerated persons be counted at their home residences for the purposes of drawing state legislative districts. Prior to the legislation’s enactment, they were counted at the prisons, meaning that legislative districts with prisons were credited with...
09/13/2011
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New York, NY – Today, the Census Bureau released a new data product that will assist state and local governments in avoiding prison-based gerrymandering, a practice which unjustly gives districts that contain prisons extra representation in the legislature.  The Bureau’s accelerated...
08/10/2011
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