Help End Prison Gerrymandering Prison gerrymandering funnels political power away from urban communities to legislators who have prisons in their (often white, rural) districts. More than a decade ago, the Prison Policy Initiative put numbers on the problem and sparked the movement to end prison gerrymandering.

Can you help us continue the fight? Thank you.

—Peter Wagner, Executive Director

Prison Populations and the Census - FAQ

Last update: October 04, 2021

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Q: I don't know anything, where do I start?
A: Start with our guide to the resources on this website, because it's a quick reference sheet to help you find the right starting point for you.
Q: How many states have ended prison gerrymandering?
A: There are 11 states that have passed legislation prohibiting prison gerrymandering in state legislative districts. Maryland and New York's laws changed the 2011 redistricting, and California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington State's laws are now coming into effect for the 2020 redistricting cycle. Illinois, will roll out their implementation in time for 2030. In a 12th state, Pennsylvania, the Legislative Redistricting Commission is counting people at home of its own initiative to avoid prison gerrymandering for the 2020 redistricting cycle.

Additionally, 2 other states (Michigan and Tennessee) have laws that apply to local government redistricting, but not state districts.

This quick reference chart sorts it all out.



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