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

Lake County, Michigan

According to the 2000 Census, Lake County, Michigan has a population of 11,333 people. Of those, 9,595 (85%) are White, 1,266 (11%) are Black, and 191 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 178 (or 2% of the 11,333 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 Lake County a population of 11,155 with a demographic that is 85% White, 11% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 11,333 178 11,155
White 9,595 64 9,531
Black 1,266 95 1,171
Latino 191 12 179


[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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