Prison-Based Gerrymandering

As currently drawn, five Massachusetts House districts would have too few residents to meet the Supreme Court's standard - if inmates are not counted as living there, according to Brenda Wright of Demos, a public interest group with a Boston office. She testified before the committee in Dorchester...
06/08/2011
News/Resource
Albany, NY – Today, top civil rights organizations filed a motion in New York Supreme Court asking to intervene to help defend New York's new law allocating people in prison to their home communities for redistricting and reapportionment.   The Brennan Center for Justice, the Center for...
05/17/2011
Press Release
Thank you, Chairman Rosenberg, Chairman Moran, and members of the Committee for providing the opportunity for testimony here today.  I am the Director of the Democracy Program at Demos, a national, non-profit, non-partisan research and policy organization, established in 2000, with offices in...
05/17/2011
Publication
Senate Republicans are suing the Department of Corrections as well as LAT-FOR, the task force on redistricting & reapportionment over a new law sponsored last year by Eric Schneiderman while he was still in the State Senate — the law changes where prisoners are counted. Today we will hear both...
04/19/2011
News/Resource
Law, First of Its Kind, Will Improve Fairness and Accuracy of the Census Data Used for Redistricting Annapolis, MD — Today, Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law a bill ensuring that incarcerated persons will be counted as residents of their home addresses when new state and local...
04/13/2011
Press Release
http://archive.wbai.org/files/mp3/091230_150001talkback.MP3   Brenda Wright discusses putting an end to prison-based gerrymandering in New York.   <Talk Back! With Hugh Hamilton, WBAI Radio (NYC)
12/29/2010
Video
New York State Senate Majority Conference Senate Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Apportionment Senator Martin Malave Dilan, Co-Chair of the Legislative Advisory Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LAFTOR) convened a public meeting on Tuesday, December 7 and...
12/13/2010
Publication
The Supreme Court’s “one person, one vote” cases require state and municipal districts to be redrawn each decade so that each district will contain the same number of people and each resident will therefore have the same access to governments. A long-standing flaw in the decennial census counts...
11/16/2010
Publication
Delaware Passes Law to Count Incarcerated Persons at their Home Addresses for Redistricting Becomes Second State To Adopt Reform Ensuring Fairness and Accuracy of Redistricting Dover — On June 30, the Delaware Senate passed a bill ensuring that incarcerated persons will be counted as...
07/07/2010
Press Release
April 6, 2011 – Demos and the Prison Policy Initiative, two national pro-democracy groups, expressed serious objections today to a lawsuit filed in state court that seeks to reinstate the discredited policy of miscounting incarcerated New Yorkers when state and local legislative districts are...
04/06/2010
Press Release
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