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.

Can you help us continue the fight? Thank you.

—Peter Wagner, Executive Director

Washington state has enacted legislation to end prison gerrymandering. It is among the growing list of states that count incarcerated people at home for redistricting purposes.

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The U.S. Census Bureau counts incarcerated people where they are confined not where they are from. Using these counts to draw state and county legislative districts enhances the weight of a vote cast by people who live near prisons at the expense of everyone else in the state or county.


  • SB 5287, sponsored by Senators Darneille and Hunt, introduced on January 17, 2019. Passed the Senate on March 11, 2019, and the House April 16, 2019. Because the bill was amended in the House, it then went back to the Senate for concurrence, which it got on April 23,2019. The Governor signed the bill into law on May 21, 2019.

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It’s impossible to include everyone who is working toward fair districting in Washington, but if you are looking to get involved, these are some of the people and organizations you might want to contact:

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