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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.

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Importing Constituents: Prisoners and Political Clout in Illinois

graphic showing that many Illinois residents are credited to downstate prisons

By Brett Blank and Peter Wagner
February 1, 2010

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  • The Illinois resource page is an actively maintained list of links to fact sheets, news articles, endorsements, and other information on the current campaign for change in Illinois.
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Events

  • November 29, 2017:
    Legal Director Aleks Kajstura will be in DC speaking at the congressional Democratic Women’s Working Group dinner about women’s mass incarceration.

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