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Importing Constituents:
Prisoners and Political Clout in Wisconsin

By John Hejduk and Peter Wagner
Prison Policy Initiative
March 2008
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Acknowledgements

This research was supported by a grant from the The After Prison Initiative of the Open Society Institute. We thank Michael Keane of the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau and Tony Van Der Wielen of the Legislative Technology Services Bureau for speaking with us about how Census data and the Count Question Resolution program corrections were handled in the Wisconsin redistricting process and the many county clerks who generously gave their time to help us understand how their county government was structured. Pamela Oliver, Dan Jenkins and Bill Cooper gave very helpful feedback of an earlier draft of this report and Will Goldberg helped to improve the text.

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