Unites States Senators ask Census Bureau to end prison gerrymandering
Census Bureau asked to solve prison gerrymandering nationally, save states from each having to adjust Census data on their own.
by Aleks Kajstura, August 22, 2014
Three U.S. Senators recently wrote a joint letter to the Census Bureau, reiterating that the Census’ current methodology of tabulating incarcerated people as if they were residents of the prison location rather than of their home addresses leads to prison gerrymandering. Noting that the Census Bureau is in the best position to end prison gerrymandering nationally — saving the states from each having to adjust Census data themselves — the Senators asked the Bureau to inform them of the “steps it is taking in the near term” toward counting incarcerated people as residents of their home address.