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

Lancaster County, South Carolina

According to the 2000 Census, Lancaster County, South Carolina has a population of 61,351 people. Of those, 43,577 (71%) are White, 16,479 (27%) are Black, and 978 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,500 (or 2% of the 61,351 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 Lancaster County a population of 59,851 with a demographic that is 72% White, 26% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 61,351 1,500 59,851
White 43,577 412 43,165
Black 16,479 1,030 15,449
Latino 978 23 955


[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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