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The U.S. Census Bureau counts incarcerated people where they are confined not where they are from. Using these counts to draw state and local legislative districts enhances the weight of a vote cast by people who live near prisons at the expense of everyone else in the state or county.
Pennsylvania's redistricting commission took steps to address prison gerrymandering when it redrew state legislative lines after the 2020 Census, but it did not permanently solve the problem.
- HB 940 An act... "providing for residence of incarcerated individuals", introduced by Representatives McClinton, Schlossberg, Millard, Hill-Evans, Kinsey, Burgos, Bullock, Warren, Neilson, Fiedler, Kenyatta,Youngblood, Irvin, and Webster, March 25, 2019.
Organizations in Pennsylvania
It's impossible for us to include everyone who is working toward fair districting in Pennsylvania, but if you are looking to get involved, these are some of the people and organizations you might want to contact first:
Pa. commission votes to scale back ‘prison gerrymandering’ reform made last month By Katie Meyer, WHYY-FM, September 21, 2021
Pa. ends ‘prison gerrymandering’ with closely divided committee vote By Katie Meyer, WHYY-FM, August 24, 2021
Report: Census Prisoner Count Dilutes Urban Political Clout By Amaris Elliott-Engel, The Legal Intelligencer, June 26, 2009
- Prison-based gerrymandering should be abolished, The Daily Review editorial, (Towanda, PA), August 7, 2010