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

Carroll County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Carroll County, Georgia has a population of 87,268 people. Of those, 70,265 (81%) are White, 14,241 (16%) are Black, and 2,243 (3%) are Latino[1]. However, 486 (or 1% of the 87,268 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 Carroll County a population of 86,782 with a demographic that is 81% White, 16% Black, and 3% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 87,268 486 86,782
White 70,265 204 70,061
Black 14,241 281 13,960
Latino 2,243 2 2,241


[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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