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

Hall County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Hall County, Georgia has a population of 139,277 people. Of those, 112,470 (81%) are White, 10,126 (7%) are Black, and 27,242 (20%) are Latino[1]. However, 879 (or 1% of the 139,277 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 Hall County a population of 138,398 with a demographic that is 81% White, 7% Black, and 20% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 139,277 879 138,398
White 112,470 530 111,940
Black 10,126 314 9,812
Latino 27,242 114 27,128


[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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