Democrats say “prison gerrymandering” comes with political, financial consequences

Democrats say “prison gerrymandering” comes with political, financial consequences

State lawmakers are facing a slew of questions about how electoral maps should be drawn ahead of the 2020 census.

 

But one question — pertaining to where incarcerated individuals get counted in legislative and congressional districts — is the prime focus of Pennsylvania Democrats who say that the current process of counting those in state prisons is fundamentally flawed.

Monday, October 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Philadelphia legislators, activists push to resolve prison-based gerrymandering

Philadelphia legislators, activists push to resolve prison-based gerrymandering

Ahead of the 2020 Census, Philadelphia legislators and activists are making a case for incarcerated individuals to be counted at their home addresses rather than at the prisons where they are being housed. 

Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia) introduced HB 940 in March that would amend Pennsylvania Election Code to count individuals incarcerated in Federal or State correctional facilities at their last known residence. The bill has 18 co-sponsors in the House so far. 

Friday, July 26, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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