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

Kinney County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Kinney County, Texas has a population of 3,379 people. Of those, 2,562 (76%) are White, 57 (2%) are Black, and 1,707 (51%) are Latino[1]. However, 23 (or 1% of the 3,379 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 Kinney County a population of 3,356 with a demographic that is 76% White, 2% Black, and 50% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 3,379 23 3,356
White 2,562 20 2,542
Black 57 0 57
Latino 1,707 21 1,686


[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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