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

Guadalupe County, New Mexico

According to the 2000 Census, Guadalupe County, New Mexico has a population of 4,680 people. Of those, 2,530 (54%) are White, 62 (1%) are Black, and 3,801 (81%) are Latino[1]. However, 489 (or 10% of the 4,680 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 Guadalupe County a population of 4,191 with a demographic that is 52% White, 0% Black, and 84% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 4,680 489 4,191
White 2,530 367 2,163
Black 62 49 13
Latino 3,801 289 3,512


[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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