Prison Gerrymandering

A bill to block a controversial method of counting prison inmates on the census may be close to passing in Connecticut. 

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In Connecticut, prison inmates are counted in the voting district where they’re incarcerated, not the place they call home. It’s called prison gerrymandering. Some criminal justice advocates want to change that.

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In the first lawsuit of its kind, the NAACP and Yale Law School are suing the State of Connecticut for the use of prison gerrymandering.

Conn. Asked To Stop Practice Of Prison Gerrymandering

Feb 11, 2016
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A Connecticut coalition wants the State Legislature to stop counting prisoners as residents of the towns in which they are incarcerated. State Senator Eric Coleman (D-Bloomfield), co-chair of the legislature’s judiciary committee, was joined by civil rights and legal activists at the state Capitol in Hartford on Wednesday to call for legislation that would stop the practice of what they call prison gerrymandering.