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APsplainin | Inmate headrights
When the U.S. Census Bureau counts residents of Milwaukee's poorest neighborhoods next year, a significant portion of their population will be missing: prisoners.
"When you undercount people for the census, they end up losing in that community dollars that could go toward services that can help remediate poverty," said state Rep. David Bowen, a Milwaukee Democrat co-sponsoring legislation to end what critics call prison gerrymandering.

Democrats argue the system shifts resources from traditionally liberal urban centers -- home to many inmates who are disproportionately black and Hispanic -- to rural, white, Republican-leaning areas where prisons are usually located.

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Prison Gerrymandering Lawsuit Moves Forward in Connecticut
"Though most of these inmates have lost their voting rights because of their felony convictions, the NAACP says that Connecticut since 2011 has been counting the inmates as residents of the communities where they are incarcerated."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Nov 17th, 2019 at 07:07:51 PM EST
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