Prison-Based Gerrymandering

This year, the census will count over a million inmates in the wrong place — and their home communities will suffer for it. "Once, only once, and in the right place" goes the hopeful mantra of the hard-working and underappreciated Census Bureau. But the current rules for counting incarcerated...
  When it comes to taking the 2010 census, cities like Philadelphia see a value in counting prisoners serving time elsewhere as Philly's own. Whyy's Susan Phillips reports.
Bureau's Action Is First Step Toward Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering New York, NY — This week, the Census Bureau has agreed to produce a new data product that will assist state and local governments in avoiding prison-based gerrymandering, whereby districts that contain prisons are given...
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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...
New York — The United States Census practice of counting prisoners in their districts of incarceration rather than their home districts for the purpose of establishing electoral and Congressional representation is a violation of international treaty. This month, the non-partisan public policy...
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New York, NY — This Friday, April 28, 2006 marks the publication of a groundbreaking and timely new book, CONNED: How Millions Went to Prison and Lost the Vote (The New Press; On-Sale April 28, 2006), by Sasha Abramsky, award-winning journalist and Senior Fellow at Demos. Written as a de...
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