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

Washington County, Maine

According to the 2000 Census, Washington County, Maine has a population of 33,941 people. Of those, 31,728 (93%) are White, 88 (0%) are Black, and 274 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 182 (or 1% of the 33,941 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 Washington County a population of 33,759 with a demographic that is 94% White, 0% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 33,941 182 33,759
White 31,728 159 31,569
Black 88 0 88
Latino 274 3 271


[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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