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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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New Jersey

The U.S. Census Bureau counts incarcerated people where they are confined not where they are from. Using these counts to draw state and local 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 county.

Pending legislation

May 2017 Update:
S 587 passed both chambers and is now headed to the Governor.

  • S587, "requir[ing] incarcerated individual from State to be counted at residential address for legislative redistricting purposes", introduced by Senator Sandra Cunningham, January 1, 2016, and A2937, introduced by Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, February 16, 2016. S587 passed the Senate on November 14, 2016 and the Assembly on May 22, 2017.
  • A3292, introduced by Assemblymembers Wimberly, Barclay, Eustace, Oliver, Spencer, and Tucker, February 22, 2016. Was substituted by S587, May 22, 2017.

Organizations in New Jersey

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

  • Integrated Justice Alliance:
    • Rick Greenberg < >

Fact sheets

Testimony

Before the Assembly Judiciary Committee, 2017

  • Testimony of Aleks Kajstura (Prison Policy Initiative), February 13, 2017

Before the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee, 2016

  • Testimony of Aleks Kajstura (Prison Policy Initiative), October 17, 2016

Before the Assembly Judiciary Committee, 2014

Before the Senate Committee on State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation, 2012

Before the Apportionment Commission, 2011

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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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