Skip to comments.States get new leeway to tally prisoners in census
Posted on 02/11/2010 3:54:57 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian
WASHINGTON States are getting new leeway in tallying their prisoners in the 2010 census a move that could reshape the political map, increasing urban population numbers while reducing the figures for rural voting districts where inmates are incarcerated.
The Census Bureau said this week it would release data on prison populations to states when they redraw legislative boundaries next year.
Previously, the agency provided the breakdowns on group quarters, like prisons, after states finished their high-stakes redistricting. That resulted in districts with prisons getting extra representation in their legislatures, despite laws in some states that say a prison cell is not a residence.
Now that the prison data is being made available earlier, states can decide whether they want to count inmates for purposes of redistricting and, if so, where they should be considered residents in rural towns, where prisons are often built, or cities, where many prisoners came from.
Census director Robert Groves made the decision after weeks of discussion with Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., and with public interest and black groups. They called it an important first step toward shifting federal resources and representation back to urban communities, where they believe the aid is needed the most.
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Along with the dead and the illegal immigrants this is also part of thier constituancy.
Another result of allowing Democrats to be in charge during a census cycle.....the ballot-box manipulation of population counts.
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