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Media’s back to basics guide: redistricting and prison-based gerrymandering

Back to basics coverage of the redistricting process and the issue of prison-based gerrymandering, as the nation starts to redistrict.

by Aleks Kajstura, June 13, 2011

A few recent news stories provide a great introduction to the redistricting process, and prison-based gerrymandering specifically:

The National Radio Project’s Making Contact – June 11 edition is a great introduction to the redistricting process in the United States, and some of the issues that it creates. The program includes a segment on prison-based with Peter Wagner.

New America Media did an interview with Dale Ho, from the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, which provides a slightly more advanced introduction to redistricting and prison-based gerrymandering. New American Media also published a written piece by Kenneth J.Coooper that summarizes the legislative efforts to end prison-based gerrymandering thus far and gives an overview of current developments.



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