Imprisoned by the Census

Posted by on Apr 5, 2010 in Blog | 1 comment

Anyone imprisoned in the United States as of April 1, will remain behind bars for the next decade – at least as far as the U.S. Census is concerned.

Even if their sentence ends today, the census still counts them as residents of the town or city where they were imprisoned on April 1 – not as residents of the communities where they lived before going to prison and to which they are most likely to return.

Perhaps by 2020, the federal government will affirm its commitment to one person, one vote and finally recognize that a prison cell is not a residence. Until then, state legislatures, including New York’s, must do what they can to correct the count.