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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—Peter Wagner, Executive Director

Belknap County, New Hampshire

According to the 2000 Census, Belknap County, New Hampshire has a population of 56,325 people. Of those, 54,979 (98%) are White, 165 (0%) are Black, and 418 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 455 (or 1% of the 56,325 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 Belknap County a population of 55,870 with a demographic that is 98% White, 0% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 56,325 455 55,870
White 54,979 386 54,593
Black 165 34 131
Latino 418 44 374


[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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