Ending prison gerrymandering in your community, your state and in the nation


“Voters who come to understand how this system cheats them are unlikely to keep rewarding the politicians who support it.”

Prison-Based Gerrymandering, New York Times editorial, May 20, 2006

State and local governments can end prison gerrymandering on their own, even though the Census Bureau still counts incarcerated people in the wrong place. Already California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and Washington State, and more than 200 cities and counties have taken action to end prison gerrymandering for their own residents. You need to make sure that your leaders seize the opportunity to do the same.

If you live in one of the states listed below, you can join an established campaign:

Don't see your state on the list? More state campaigns are expected to form shortly, but you don't need to wait. You can get the facts about your state and start your own campaign. Or check the list of completed campaigns, below, to see if your state has already passed legislation ending prison gerrymandering. And in either case, join our prison gerrymandering newsletter for breaking news and analysis.

Campaigns centered on rural counties and cities that contain large prisons, where a single large prison can be a large part if not the majority of a district, tend to form quickly and achieve victory even more quickly than state campaigns, so they are not always listed on their respective state pages.

Other resources for launching a campaign in your state or county:

Completed campaigns: States that have ended prison gerrymandering

If you live in one of the states listed below, your state has already passed legislation ending prison gerrymandering and select materials from the campaign can be found for each:

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