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Peter Wagner
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New map shows building momentum for ending prison-based gerrymandering

by Peter Wagner, August 27, 2012  

We’ve produced a new map showing the strong and growing national consensus that prison-based gerrymandering must end:

Map showing the growing national momentum to end prison-based gerrymandering, including actions by state and local governments

For more information about individual places on the map, see our campaign pages for California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Oregon and Wisconsin and our legislation page for additional information on previous legislation in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana and Texas. Also see our articles about the laws in Michigan, Colorado and Virginia that require or encourage local governments to avoid prison-based gerrymandering.

As of today, we know of 143 individual county and municipal governments known to have excluded prison populations when redistricting.

The copy of this map at http://www.prisonpolicy.org/atlas/momentum.html will be updated as new bills are introduced and passed and as our research confirms additional counties and municipalities that avoided prison-based gerrymandering.

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