Census Count of Prisoners Distorts Districts

Fact: The U.S. Census counts prisoners as members of the district where they are incarcerated, even though prisoners often cannot vote.

Fact: This may distort political districts, adding as much as 33% to the population numbers of some precincts.

Fact: Thus, “prison gerrymandering” grants undue political power to people who live near prisons, contributing to voter inequality.

Source: Study Says Prison Population Pads Voter Tally In Some Districts, Boston Globe


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