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

Johnston County, North Carolina

According to the 2000 Census, Johnston County, North Carolina has a population of 121,965 people. Of those, 95,237 (78%) are White, 19,090 (16%) are Black, and 9,440 (8%) are Latino[1]. However, 836 (or 1% of the 121,965 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 Johnston County a population of 121,129 with a demographic that is 78% White, 15% Black, and 8% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 121,965 836 121,129
White 95,237 252 94,985
Black 19,090 561 18,529
Latino 9,440 10 9,430


[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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