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.

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—Peter Wagner, Executive Director

Dougherty County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Dougherty County, Georgia has a population of 96,065 people. Of those, 36,315 (38%) are White, 57,762 (60%) are Black, and 1,292 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,080 (or 1% of the 96,065 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 Dougherty County a population of 94,985 with a demographic that is 38% White, 60% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 96,065 1,080 94,985
White 36,315 162 36,153
Black 57,762 915 56,847
Latino 1,292 8 1,284


[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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