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

St. Lawrence County, New York

According to the 2000 Census, St. Lawrence County, New York has a population of 111,931 people. Of those, 105,782 (95%) are White, 2,664 (2%) are Black, and 2,008 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 3,223 (or 3% of the 111,931 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 St. Lawrence County a population of 108,708 with a demographic that is 97% White, 1% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 111,931 3,223 108,708
White 105,782 864 104,918
Black 2,664 1,816 848
Latino 2,008 1,006 1,002


[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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