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Prison gerrymandering gives extra political power to legislators who have prisons in their districts. We put numbers on the problem and sparked a movement to protect our democratic process from the overgrown prison system.

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Prison Proliferation 1900-2000

Map designed by Rose Heyer for PrisonersoftheCensus.org. Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Census Of State And Federal Adult Correctional Facilities, 2000. Conducted by U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI, 2004. Cartography Source: Environmental Systems Research Inst. 1 U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Historical Corrections Statistics in the United States, 1850 - 1984, Dec. 1986. 2 U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Prisoners in 2000, Aug. 2001.



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