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Importing Constituents: Prisoners and Political Clout in Ohio

report coverImporting Constituents: Prisoners and Political Clout in Ohio
by Peter Wagner and Rose Heyer, July 6, 2004

Press release: Census Bureau Policy Costs Ohio's Cities population; Urban Residents Lose Political Clout in Legislature July 6, 2004


 

 

Coverage

  • Census shorts urban population Prisoner relocation skews census stats for large Ohio cities, by Adam Cook, The Lantern (Ohio State University), July 15, 2004.
  • Report: Prisoner census causes cities to lose political clout to rural areas, by Greg Wright, The Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio), July 7, 2004
  • Marion officials don't notice any increase in political clout by Kurt Moore, The Marion Star (Ohio), July 14, 2004. (See August 23, 2004 article below)
  • Report: Prisoner census causes cities to lose political clout to rural areas by Greg Wright, Gannett News Service, Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio), July 7, 2004
  • Inmate count hurts urban counties Part of population recorded in rural areas, study says, by Aaron Powell Jr., Dayton Daily News, July 7, 2004
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