Friday, 19 July 2019

The Way the Census Counts Prison Populations Seriously Distorts Redistricting

quote [ Less noticed [...] was a galvanic blow delivered to democracy by the Census Bureau just last year—when the bureau declined to change long-standing policy and count incarcerated persons where they previously lived, rather than in the place of their imprisonment. Because prisons tend to be located in white, rural districts, counting prison populations by prison location artificially inflates these districts’ political power and diminishes political representation for urban and suburban areas. ]

This isn't insignificant when you consider how much of our population is incarcerated. I am also in favor of letting the incarcerated vote.
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+5 Informative]
[by snowfox@5:47pmGMT]


Paracetamol said @ 6:46pm GMT on 19th Jul
Wait, that means raising the polls by criminalizing more people?
snowfox said @ 8:00pm GMT on 19th Jul
Right. Rural districts containing prisons get a population boost for the census but that population cannot vote and cannot count toward the population of their home. This gets worse because federal prisoners can be sent to prisons in other states.
mechanical contrivance said @ 8:07pm GMT on 19th Jul
Democracy was a great idea. Then humans got put in charge of it.
mechavolt said @ 2:54pm GMT on 21st Jul
Yeah, this was a fucking stupid decision. And the real reason they decided against it? Prisons don't keep good enough records to reliably figure out where prisoners originally lived. It was too hard/expensive to figure out alternatives. Jason, if you're reading this, fuck you.

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