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Peter Wagner
Executive Director
I need your help. For 14 years, the Prison Policy Initiative has been at the forefront of the movement to keep the prison system from exerting undue influence on our electoral process. Our work has changed how our democracy works in 4 states and hundreds of local governments. We've even won at the Supreme Court, but our long-term viability depends on people like you investing in our work.

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by Peter Wagner, June 28, 2009

A state constitutional amendment [PDF] has been introduced in Wisconsin that would end prison-based gerrymandering in that state.

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by Peter Wagner, June 26, 2009

Demos and the Prison Policy Initiative have called on [PDF] the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Education to declare prison-based gerrymandering a violation of the principles of one person one vote.

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by Peter Wagner, June 25, 2009

The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy has offered “enthusiastic support” for the Prisoners of the Census Bill.

Executive Director Roger Green explained how prison gerrymandering skews both voting and legislative priorities:

“The practice of including prisoners as residents of the prison districts where they do not vote or otherwise participate is not good public policy,” Mr. Green said. “The current system is filled with inequities. It allows many men and women from urban areas to become an undeserved source of political power for legislators and distant communities to benefit from incarcerating more people for longer sentences. At the same time, it works against the very communities to which these men and women will return.”

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