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

Hocking County, Ohio

According to the 2000 Census, Hocking County, Ohio has a population of 28,241 people. Of those, 27,547 (98%) are White, 259 (1%) are Black, and 124 (0%) are Latino[1]. However, 456 (or 2% of the 28,241 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 Hocking County a population of 27,785 with a demographic that is 98% White, 0% Black, and 0% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 28,241 456 27,785
White 27,547 288 27,259
Black 259 161 98
Latino 124 3 121


[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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