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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Allendale County, South Carolina

According to the 2000 Census, Allendale County, South Carolina has a population of 11,211 people. Of those, 3,068 (27%) are White, 7,960 (71%) are Black, and 181 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,089 (or 10% of the 11,211 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 Allendale County a population of 10,122 with a demographic that is 27% White, 71% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 11,211 1,089 10,122
White 3,068 308 2,760
Black 7,960 769 7,191
Latino 181 2 179


[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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