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NJ Commission asked to address prison-based gerrymandering

Alexander Shalom, policy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, blogs on NJ.com.

by Peter Wagner, March 13, 2011

Alexander Shalom, policy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, blogs on NJ.com:

As New Jersey’s legislative redistricting commission meets, it will have to confront this question: How should we count the roughly 22,000 people serving sentences in New Jersey’s state prisons? For years, New Jersey has counted inmates as residents of the municipalities where prisons are located, rather than at their home addresses.

Read his post and check out the New Jersey campaign against prison-based gerrymandering page.



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