Fast Fact About Redistricting Prisoners

Fact: 
In the 2000 redistricting, 43,740 prisoners were counted in the districts that included the prisons.
Fact Background: 

This effect of this is that the upstate, and mostly rural, districts population and demographic statistics were distorted by this prisoner population.  The lower the population of the area where prisons are located, the more exaggerated these distortions become.  For instance, in 173 counties nationwide more than ½ of the African-American population counted in the census are prisoners. The distortions in the demographic and population data lead to an unequal apportionment that runs contrary to the very purpose of redistricting.

 

 

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