Help End Prison Gerrymandering Prison gerrymandering funnels political power away from urban communities to legislators who have prisons in their (often white, rural) districts. More than a decade ago, the Prison Policy Initiative put numbers on the problem and sparked the movement to end prison gerrymandering.

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—Peter Wagner, Executive Director
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Importing Constituents: Prisoners and Political Clout in Illinois

graphic showing that many Illinois residents are credited to downstate prisons

By Brett Blank and Peter Wagner
February 1, 2010

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  • The Illinois resource page is an actively maintained list of links to fact sheets, news articles, endorsements, and other information on the current campaign for change in Illinois.


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