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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Harrison County, Mississippi

According to the 2000 Census, Harrison County, Mississippi has a population of 189,601 people. Of those, 138,692 (73%) are White, 39,984 (21%) are Black, and 4,910 (3%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,116 (or 1% of the 189,601 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 Harrison County a population of 188,485 with a demographic that is 73% White, 21% Black, and 3% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 189,601 1,116 188,485
White 138,692 459 138,233
Black 39,984 619 39,365
Latino 4,910 27 4,883


[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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