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Connecticut renewing legislative efforts to end prison-based gerrymandering

by Aleks Kajstura, November 29, 2010

The New Haven Register recently published “New Haven legislator eyes inmate residency” by Angela Carter.

The story provides a great introduction to the prison-based gerrymandering problems facing Connecticut. Although the Connecticut legislature failed to pass reforms last session, there is renewed hope for ending prison-based gerrymandering in Connecticut next year:

With the initial backing of Connecticut Common Cause and the Prison Policy Initiative, state Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield, D-New Haven, says he will introduce a bill in the 2011 legislative session that would change how residency of state prisoners is determined.

For more information about prison-based gerrymandering in Connecticut see our continually updated page on the current campaign for change in Connecticut.

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