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

Schoharie County, New York

According to the 2000 Census, Schoharie County, New York has a population of 31,582 people. Of those, 30,514 (97%) are White, 403 (1%) are Black, and 588 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 279 (or 1% of the 31,582 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 Schoharie County a population of 31,303 with a demographic that is 97% White, 1% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 31,582 279 31,303
White 30,514 130 30,384
Black 403 123 280
Latino 588 70 518


[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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