One Last Chance to Avoid Prison-Based Gerrymandering in Kansas

One Last Chance to Avoid Prison-Based Gerrymandering in Kansas

May 28, 2012
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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 gerrymandering in a state legislative district.

Every 4 residents of House District 40 (in Leavenworth) would have the political influence of 5 residents in any other district in the state. Long-term solutions exist, and as our report recommends, there is one interim solutions that the federal judges drawing the new maps could easily implement.