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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Lenawee County, Michigan

According to the 2000 Census, Lenawee County, Michigan has a population of 98,890 people. Of those, 91,484 (93%) are White, 2,094 (2%) are Black, and 6,884 (7%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,393 (or 2% of the 98,890 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 Lenawee County a population of 96,497 with a demographic that is 93% White, 1% Black, and 7% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 98,890 2,393 96,497
White 91,484 1,266 90,218
Black 2,094 1,047 1,047
Latino 6,884 95 6,789


[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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