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.

Can you help us continue the fight? Thank you.

—Peter Wagner, Executive Director
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Kentucky

The U.S. Census Bureau counts incarcerated people where they are confined not where they are from. Using these counts to draw state and local legislative districts enhances the weight of a vote cast by people who live near prisons at the expense of everyone else in the state or county.

Legislation

  • BR 219, "An Act relating to information used in redistricting", was prefiled by Representative Darryl T. Owens in October, 2012.

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Testimony

  • Testimony of Dale Ho, Assistant Counsel, Political Participation Group, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., before the Kentucky General Assembly Task Force on Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs, August 23, 2011.
  • Handout accompanying oral testimony of Peter Wagner, Executive Director, Prison Policy Initiaitve, before the Kentucky General Assembly Task Force on Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs, November 27, 2012.

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