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

Putnam County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Putnam County, Georgia has a population of 18,812 people. Of those, 12,689 (67%) are White, 5,625 (30%) are Black, and 407 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 180 (or 1% of the 18,812 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 Putnam County a population of 18,632 with a demographic that is 68% White, 30% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 18,812 180 18,632
White 12,689 59 12,630
Black 5,625 117 5,508
Latino 407 4 403


[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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