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

Jefferson County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Jefferson County, Georgia has a population of 17,266 people. Of those, 7,267 (42%) are White, 9,717 (56%) are Black, and 259 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 187 (or 1% of the 17,266 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 Jefferson County a population of 17,079 with a demographic that is 42% White, 56% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 17,266 187 17,079
White 7,267 35 7,232
Black 9,717 148 9,569
Latino 259 5 254


[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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