Justin Levitt explains prison-based gerrymandering
by Peter Wagner, May 23, 2011
I just discovered video of a presentation that Justin Levitt made at the Redrawing the Boundaries: A Midwest Redistricting Discussion in Chicago in October 2009. He explains the problem of prison-based gerrymandering and then leads a detailed discussion with advocates about the strategy and rationale for reform. Although dated, it’s worth watching.
- How are incarcerated people counted?
- How are college students and the military counted?
- Is there any data on how many prisoners–during the census period–return to their home communities, and as a consequence should be counted in their home communities?
- If a state government elects to alter its prison count, when does that take place?
- What’s the incentive for someone who benefits from a prison population to demand a census recount?
- What are the primary effects of counting incarcerated people where they are incarcerated?
- Does counting incarcerated people differ when it comes to congressional districts–versus state and local districts?
For more with Justin Levitt, see my podcast “Address Unknown” Podcast Episode #1 where we discuss the optimal way to structure a bill to eliminate prison-based gerrymandering.