Census Bureau releases group quarters data

by Peter Wagner, April 22, 2011  

The Census Bureau released the Advance Group Quarters yesterday — earlier than expected — and many have been eagerly awaiting this data so that they can identify prison populations in the redistricting data and avoid prison-based gerrymandering.

The Prison Policy Initiative, in partnership with Demos, issued a press release about the Advance Group Quarters File yesterday. A copy of the press release can be found below.

Late last night, the Prison Policy Initiative finished translating the Bureau’s data in to some user-friendlier formats, including:

  • A national shapefile with all of the group quarters data
  • Block level tables of the correctional facilities searchable by county
  • Google maps of the blocks that contain facilities
  • Connecting the new census data to a database of annotations of each of the 5,393 blocks that contain some kind of correctional facility.

These tools are available at http://www.prisonersofthecensus.org/data/. Our next conference call workshop to discuss how to use this data to avoid prison-based gerrymandering will be at 10am eastern on Tuesday April 26.

3 Responses

  1. Other Sources of Census Data | Pew Social & Demographic Trends says, 3 days, 2 hours after publication:

    [...] advocacy groups, the Prison Policy Institute and Demos, have released a free look-up tool with block-level tables of correctional facilities, searchable by [...]

  2. Advisory Committee should urge Census Bureau to end prison-based gerrymandering | Prisoners of the Census says, 1 year, 6 months after publication:

    [...] Census Bureau made great progress for the 2010 Census by publishing correctional population data in time for state and local governments to avoid prison-based gerrymandering by making populations [...]

  3. Renee says, 3 years, 4 months after publication:

    Where can I find information about how many correctional facilities are present in each state? Is there a place on the internet where lists of correctional facilities by state is published (other than wikipedia)? Please e-mail me if you have any information on this.

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