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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Laurens County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Laurens County, Georgia has a population of 44,874 people. Of those, 28,469 (63%) are White, 15,494 (35%) are Black, and 529 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 451 (or 1% of the 44,874 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 Laurens County a population of 44,423 with a demographic that is 64% White, 34% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 44,874 451 44,423
White 28,469 129 28,340
Black 15,494 319 15,175
Latino 529 2 527


[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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