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

Baldwin County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Baldwin County, Georgia has a population of 44,700 people. Of those, 24,215 (54%) are White, 19,392 (43%) are Black, and 607 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 4,940 (or 11% of the 44,700 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 Baldwin County a population of 39,760 with a demographic that is 56% White, 42% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 44,700 4,940 39,760
White 24,215 2,057 22,158
Black 19,392 2,862 16,530
Latino 607 14 593


[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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