I need your help. 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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—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate

Santa Barbara County, California

According to the 2000 Census, Santa Barbara County, California has a population of 399,347 people. Of those, 290,418 (73%) are White, 9,195 (2%) are Black, and 136,668 (34%) are Latino[1]. However, 4,095 (or 1% of the 399,347 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 Santa Barbara County a population of 395,252 with a demographic that is 73% White, 2% Black, and 34% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 399,347 4,095 395,252
White 290,418 2,842 287,576
Black 9,195 1,015 8,180
Latino 136,668 1,411 135,257


[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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