A Prison Is Not A Home: The Lesson of People v. Cady

A Prison Is Not A Home: The Lesson of People v. Cady

December 21, 2009
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When drawing legislative districts, New York State counts incarcerated persons as "residents" of the community where the prison is located, instead of counting them in the home community to which they will return, on average, within 34 months. This practice ignores more than 100 years of legal precedent holding that incarcerated persons cannot be considered "residents" of a prison for purposes of voting.