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Prison gerrymandering gives extra political power to legislators who have prisons in their districts. We put numbers on the problem and sparked a movement to protect our democratic process from the overgrown prison system.

Can you help us continue the fight? Any gift you make will be matched by other donors and will go twice as far. Thank you.

—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate

About this website

PrisonersoftheCensus.org is a special project of the Prison Policy Initiative to quantify, publicize, and reform the current practice of utilizing the Census to shift political power away from poor and minority communities and into the hands of prison expansion proponents. The website will serve as a repository for research and advocacy on the impact on our economy, society and democracy from miscounting the incarcerated.

The principal author of this website is Peter Wagner, Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative in Northampton, Massachusetts. Peter is the author of Importing Constituents: Prisoners and Political Clout in New York (April, 2002), the first systematic state analysis of the impact of prisoner enumeration policies on legislative redistricting. You can read more about Peter and the project in this Boston Globe profile.

Rose Heyer developed the Geographic Information Systems research strategy for the project and made many of the maps on the website.

The creation of this website was supported by a 2003-2005 grant from the Soros Justice Fellowship Program of the Open Society Institute.

For more information about this project, please contact:

Peter Wagner
Prisoners of the Census
Prison Policy Initiative
PO Box 127
Northampton MA 01061

Suggested citation for this website:

Wagner, Peter. ([year page was written, if known]) [Title bar contents]. Prison Policy Initiative, Available: <http://www.prisonersofthecensus.org/>, ([access date]).

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