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Nine senators sue over prisoner count

Adirondack Daily Enterprise

The suit is against LATFOR and DOCS. They will be defended by the state attorney general's office. AG Eric Schneiderman was a senator last year, and sponsored legislation to count prisoners at their former homes. Proponents of the law argue that prisoners should count in the communities they were a part of, not ones where they can't vote.

"The arguments in this lawsuit are clearly wrong," Brenda Wright, director of the Democracy Program at the New York City-based public policy advocacy group Demos, said in a press release. "Incarcerated persons do not make their 'home' in the prison town in any meaningful sense; they are not permitted to interact with the prison town and they almost always return to their pre-incarceration community upon completion of sentence, on average within 34 months."