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

Rowan County, Kentucky

According to the 2000 Census, Rowan County, Kentucky has a population of 22,094 people. Of those, 21,205 (96%) are White, 345 (2%) are Black, and 235 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 117 (or 1% of the 22,094 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 Rowan County a population of 21,977 with a demographic that is 96% White, 2% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 22,094 117 21,977
White 21,205 108 21,097
Black 345 7 338
Latino 235 2 233


[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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