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Cranston Rhode Island softens stance on prison census reform

The NAACP LDF announces support for ending prison-based gerrymandering in Rhode Island, and the major opponents of reform change positions.

by Peter Wagner, May 6, 2010

John Hill reports in the Providence Journal that:

CRANSTON — The city has eased up on its resistance to a bill that would change the way state prison inmates are counted for state and local election purposes, as long as the bill doesn’t weaken the city’s position when it seeks population-based grants or other benefits, a city official said Wednesday.

The bill would not affect funding formulas, so this removes a major political obstacle to Census reform in Rhode Island!

In related exciting news, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund has sent statements of support of the bill to the Senate and the House.

Previous blog coverage of the effort to end prison-based gerrymandering in Rhode Island:



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