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Prison-Based Gerrymanding- A Visual Explanation

Dale Ho, Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, produced this great presentation about how prison-based gerrymandering affects New Yorkers. Take a look, and leave your comments and questions below! Prison-Based Gerrymandering...

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Statewide Advocacy Day

Statewide Advocacy Day

Join coalition organizations, community members, and New Yorkers who want their democracy back for a full day of activities in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany to end prison-based gerrymandering on Wednesday, June 2nd from 11 am to 4...

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Imprisoned by the Census

Imprisoned by the Census

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...

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The Racial Tint to Prison-Based Gerrymandering

The Racial Tint to Prison-Based Gerrymandering

The statistics in this case do not lie. To the contrary, they reveal the power-hoarding nature of members of New York’s legislature. Since 1976, all 43 new prisons in New York have been built in rural, largely white upstate communities. Furthermore, when the last round of redistricting happened in 2002, 7 upstate districts would not have met minimum population requirements if the prison...

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Residents of NY Senate District 45 Agree: Prison-Based Gerrymandering is Wrong

Residents of NY Senate District 45 Agree: Prison-Based Gerrymandering is Wrong

Senate District 45 - Graphic from the Prison Policy Initiative (http://prisonpolicy.org) First some data: Average population of a NY Senate District-306,072 State Senate District 45: Census Population-299,603 Incarcerated Population-14,161 Resident Population-285,442 State and Federal Prisons-13 State Senate District 45 has the largest incarcerated population in New York, and this status began...

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Unconstitutional: Prison-Based Gerrymandering Violates New York’s Constutition and the Supreme Court

Unconstitutional: Prison-Based Gerrymandering Violates New York’s Constutition and the Supreme Court

The New York State ConstitutionThe New York State Constitution, under Article II S.4, states that “no person shall be deemed to have gained or lost a residence, by reason of his or her presence or absence…while confined in any public prison.” Currently, several State Senate districts that host prisons are drawn based on inflated population numbers. This creates a heavy cost and...

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