Davidson v. City of Cranston documents

map of Cranston city council districts and the prison and resident populations

The court ruled the city's prison gerrymandering unconstitutional, reasoning that the city could not count incarcerated people in city council districts as if they were city residents while not treating them as constituents when it came time to represent them.

Plaintiffs and Counsel

The plaintiffs are four Cranston voters who live outside of Ward 6, and the ACLU of Rhode Island. The Prison Policy Initiative, ACLU Voting Rights Project, Dēmos, and Lynette Labinger of Roney & Labinger LLP are counsel to the plaintiffs.

Press releases, news coverage & editorials

Legal documents and related materials

United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island

Appeal: United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

  • Briefs
    • Plaintiff's Brief, July 26, 2016
    • City's Reply Brief, August 2, 2016
    • Briefs of Amici Curiae, September 2, 2016:
      • Brief of Former Directors of the U.S. Census Bureau
      • Brief of The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Direct Action for Rights and Equality, and Voice of the Ex-Offender
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