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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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The U.S. Census Bureau counts incarcerated people where they are confined not where they are from. Using these counts to draw state and parish legislative districts enhances the weight of a vote cast by people who live near prisons at the expense of everyone else in the state or parish.


HB 89, was prefiled by Representative Smith, February 20, 2018. The bill passed the Committee on House and Governmental Affairs on March 21, but failed on the floor of the House on March 28.

Organizations in Rhode Island

It’s impossible to include everyone who is working toward fair districting in Rhode Island, but if you are looking to get involved, these are some of the people and organizations you might want to contact:

Fact sheets


  • Aleks Kajstura, Legal Director, Prison Policy Initiative, submitted to the Rhode Island House Committee on House and Governmental Affairs, May 10, 2017

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