Hearings held in Oregon and Wisconsin today

by Peter Wagner, February 2, 2010  

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This afternoon, the Wisconsin Assembly held a hearing on AJR63 [PDF], the Census Adjustment Amendment, today. The video and audio of the Assembly Committee on Elections and Campaign Reform hearing is available online courtesy of Wisconsin Eye (start at 57:37 in). The amendment would prohibit the state and local governments from using prison populations to pad legislative districts.

The amendment’s lead sponsor, Rep. Kessler, spoke in support, and was followed by Andrea Kaminski, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of WI Education Fund (at 1h10min in video). Ms. Kaminski’s statement statement in support [PDF] is on the League’s website.

This morning, I testified by telephone before the Oregon Senate Rules Committee about Senate Bill 1028 [PDF] This bill would determine the home addresses of incarcerated people and adjust the federal Census prior to redistricting. I put the urgency of this bill in the context of a rapid rise in incarceration coming in to conflict with the state constitutional definition of residence. I said:

In short, the Census Bureau counts people in prison as residents of the facility. The Supreme Court requires you to draw equally sized districts based on where people reside, and you have a State Constitution which for more than a 100 years explicitly defines residence differently than the Census Bureau.

Also testifying in support was the lead sponsor of the bill, Senator Chip Shields, Marcus Mundy, President of the Urban League of Portland, Juanita Head Walton of the African-American Chamber of Commerce, and Janice Thompson of Common Cause Oregon.

The Senate Rules committee hearing audio [real audio] is available on the senate website. (Fast forward to the end of the first ~5 minutes, let the next file automatically load, and then fast forward to 13:25 in the next file.)

Meet us

  • Jan 25-27, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be in Charlotte, North Carolina for meetings about redistricting and ending prison gerrymandering. Contact us if you’d like to meet up.
  • February 5, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be in New York for the reception of the exhibition, Prison Obscura, curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook. The exhibition includes Prison Map by Josh Begley and Proliferation by Paul Rucker, both of which rely on Prison Policy Initiative data to show the scale of mass incarceration. The event will be held at Parsons School of Design from 6:30-8:30pm and a Curator’s Talk by Pete Brooks at 5:45pm.
  • February 6, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be at Yale for a panel presentation at the Equality Re-Imagined Conference.
  • February 20, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner, Board Member Amanda Alexander and Advisory Board Member Bruce Reilly will present on a panel entitled “The fight against mass incarceration: Combining litigation and policy work for systemic change” at RebLaw at Yale Law School from 3-4:30pm.
  • February 24, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be speaking to the American Constitution Society Chapter at UConn School of Law at 12:30pm. Topics will include mass incarceration, prison gerrymandering, sentencing enhancement zones and more.

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Events

  • Jan 25-27, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be in Charlotte, North Carolina for meetings about redistricting and ending prison gerrymandering. Contact us if you’d like to meet up.
  • February 5, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be in New York for the reception of the exhibition, Prison Obscura, curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook. The exhibition includes Prison Map by Josh Begley and Proliferation by Paul Rucker, both of which rely on Prison Policy Initiative data to show the scale of mass incarceration. The event will be held at Parsons School of Design from 6:30-8:30pm and a Curator’s Talk by Pete Brooks at 5:45pm.
  • February 6, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be at Yale for a panel presentation at the Equality Re-Imagined Conference.
  • February 20, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner, Board Member Amanda Alexander and Advisory Board Member Bruce Reilly will present on a panel entitled “The fight against mass incarceration: Combining litigation and policy work for systemic change” at RebLaw at Yale Law School from 3-4:30pm.
  • February 24, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be speaking to the American Constitution Society Chapter at UConn School of Law at 12:30pm. Topics will include mass incarceration, prison gerrymandering, sentencing enhancement zones and more.

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