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Prisoners of the Census

Challenging the Census Bureau's method of assigning residence to people in prison

Last Build Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2018 23:17:52 +0000

Copyright: Copyright © Prison Policy Initiative

Census Bureau will count incarcerated people in the wrong place once again in 2020 Census, continues to distort democracy

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 21:23:39 +0000

Census Bureau announcement means another decade of prison gerrymandering. State-by-state reforms are urgent.

No, prison gerrymandering doesn’t reallocate $1,838 per person

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:56:23 +0000

Prison gerrymandering does not impact federal aid, "here is not a straight linear relationship between state population count and federal funds flow".

Governor Christie refuses to end prison gerrymandering in New Jersey

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:37:03 +0000

Gov. Christie vetoes bill that would have ended prison gerrymandering in New Jersey; denies equal representation to state residents.

Law Reviews reexamine prison gerrymandering case law

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:28:42 +0000

Recent Law Review pieces from Harvard and Stanford, conclude that prison gerrymandering is unconstitutional, question First Circuit's logic to the contrary

New Jersey bill to end prison gerrymandering heads to Governor’s desk

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:35:49 +0000

Bill to end prison gerrymandering in New Jersey has passed the Senate and Assembly, is now headed to Governor's desk.

New Jersey is on the verge of ending prison gerrymandering

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:37:05 +0000

NJ bill to end prison gerrymandering passed Assembly Judiciary Committee (already passed the Senate in November).

Stark illustrations of prison gerrymandering in Oklahoma

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 17:33:08 +0000

The City of McAlester illustrates how prison gerrymandering skews representation in Oklahoma.

Rhode Island candidates race to represent phantom constituents

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 21:04:43 +0000

Race for Rhode Island state House district shows how incarcerated people only count as constituents at redistricting time.

13 United States Senators ask Census Bureau to count incarcerated people at home

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:28:52 +0000

Thirteen Senators call on the Census Bureau to count incarcerated people at home starting in the 2020 Census.

Statement in Response to Federal Appeals Court Decision In Cranston "Prison Gerrymandering" Case

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:00:24 +0000

Court allows prison gerrymandering in Cranston, RI. City still has no logical reason for counting all people incarcerated by the state as residents of a single ward.

100,000 people call for an end to prison gerrymandering

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:58:13 +0000

An overview of the comment letters calling on the Census Bureau to end prison gerrymandering.

Prison Policy Initiative dispels the myth that a prison cell is a “usual residence”

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 19:35:46 +0000

Our comment letter to the Census Bureau makes four key arguments for ending prison gerrymandering.

35 foundation leaders join the call for new residence rules for incarcerated people

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 20:45:14 +0000

35 foundation leaders urge the Census Bureau to count incarcerated people at home for a fair and accurate 2020 Census.

LatinoJustice Urges Changes in How Census Bureau Counts Incarcerated People

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:37:14 +0000

Expressing concern for how communities of color are impacted by the Census Bureau's residence rules, LatinoJusticePRLDEF calls for a change in how incarcerated people are counted.

“Over a dozen prisons in several different states”: Letter to Census Bureau describes temporary nature of incarceration

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 19:35:33 +0000

A new letter to the Census Bureau explains why a prison cell does not equal a residence.