Help End Prison Gerrymandering Prison gerrymandering funnels political power away from urban communities to legislators who have prisons in their (often white, rural) districts. More than a decade ago, the Prison Policy Initiative put numbers on the problem and sparked the movement to end prison gerrymandering.

Can you help us continue the fight? Thank you.

—Peter Wagner, Executive Director

Marion County, Alabama

According to the 2000 Census, Marion County, Alabama has a population of 31,214 people. Of those, 29,579 (95%) are White, 1,134 (4%) are Black, and 360 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 595 (or 2% of the 31,214 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.

Even though prisoners cannot participate in the local community, the Census Bureau nevertheless counts them as residents of the county where they are incarcerated.

A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Marion County a population of 30,619 with a demographic that is 96% White, 3% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 31,214 595 30,619
White 29,579 320 29,259
Black 1,134 266 868
Latino 360 1 359


[1]The numbers for Whites, Blacks and Latinos may not add up to the total number because we have not included racial groups other than Whites and Blacks and because the Census Bureau considers "Latino" to be an ethnicity, not a race. Most of the people reported as being Latino are also counted as being White or Black.

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