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Sara Mayeux

Legislative Districting: Maryland Will Be First State in the Nation to Count Prisoners at Home

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Kudos to the Maryland legislature for showing national leadership on this important issue! From the Prison Policy Initiative:

April 13, 2010 – Today, Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law a bill ensuring that incarcerated persons will be counted as residents of their home addresses when new state and local legislative districts are drawn in Maryland.

The U.S. Census counts incarcerated people as residents of the prison location. When state and local government bodies use Census counts to draw legislative districts, they unintentionally enhance the weight of a vote cast in districts that contain prisons at the expense of all other districts in the state. Maryland is the first state to pledge to collect the home addresses of incarcerated people and correct the data state-wide.

The new law will help Maryland correct past distortions in representation caused by counting incarcerated persons as residents of prisons…

Written by sara

April 13, 2010 at 11:12 am

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  1. How are the Florida prisons going to do an accurate count of their prisioners if they are labeled black or white. So many hispanics are in prison but they are noted as WHITE. So much for an accurate census!

    Angie Green

    April 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm

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