I need your help. Prison gerrymandering gives extra political power to legislators who have prisons in their districts. We put numbers on the problem and sparked a movement to protect our democratic process from the overgrown prison system.

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San Juan County, Utah

According to the 2000 Census, San Juan County, Utah has a population of 14,413 people. Of those, 5,876 (36%) are White, 18 (129%) are Black, and 540 (3%) are Latino[1]. However, 79 (or 1% of the 14,413 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 San Juan County a population of 14,334 with a demographic that is 41% White, 0% Black, and 4% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 14,413 79 14,334
White 5,876 53 5,823
Black 18 1 17
Latino 540 11 529


[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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