Posted by on Mar 13, 2010 in Featured | 1 comment
Our democracy depends on equal representation. That’s why it’s simply unjust to continue counting incarcerated individuals as residents of their places of confinement, instead of their home communities as required by the New York State Constitution. The result is significant underrepresentation for urban communities and communities of color across New York State. Thirteen upstate counties have already decided not to count people in prison when they draw their county legislative district lines. We call on the New York State Legislature to change how incarcerated individuals are counted for the purpose of legislative redistricting by passing S6725/A9834.
Our political situation is as much to blame for our detiorating condition as our banking situation. The lives of New Yorkers will be improved when gerrymandering is ended and when prison-based gerrymandering is ended.