Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Have prisoners skewed the redistricting process?

Could prisoners skew the census data, and, by extension, the redistricting process? For sure, according to one advocacy group.
The Prison Policy Initiative says just that — that the prisoner population is skewing the census, enough to put the redistricting process into question.
Check out this fact sheet:
"District 59, claims the populations of multiple prisons, and has only 19,200 actual residents. Every group of 85 residents in this district are given just as much influence as 100 residents of districts without prisons."
One blogger, talking about just how flawed the process is, puts this issue on her list. Kim Hynes, writing for Common Cause, says that the meetings of the Redistricting Commission "took place behind closed doors, bringing to mind the cliché of the old smoke filled rooms."
Another of the Initiative's fact sheets suggests that counting prison populations within districts dilutes the minority vote:
CT Prison African Americans Latinos

"75% of the state's prison cells are located in disproportionately white house districts" 
and: "The majority-white residents of 6 State House districts get significantly more representation in the legislature because each of their districts includes more than 1,000 incarcerated African-Americans and Latinos from other parts of the state."



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh boo hoo, you liberals have to pick one side of this nonsense and stick with it, you can't have it both ways. You want to count illegal aliens, colleges students, etc., as "residents" so you can puff up your numbers in the cities and the liberal strongholds and get seven State Reps for New Haven when really should only have three or four yet you want to whine about a a few hundred prisoners in Enfield and Somers? Please.....

I think we should take it one step further and base the numbers on registered voters instead of mystery number that includes illegal aliens, college students twice, people under 18 who shouldn't count at all because they are not electors. Of course the liberals will then howl about how "inhumane" and "unfair" that is when New Haven and the rest of the liberal strongholds lose over half of its State Reps to the suburbs.

The bottom line is you liberals got your way when you insisted that it be based on CENSUS POPULATION NUMBERS so live with it and stop whining like little baby girls who lost their rattles.

December 13, 2011 at 4:09 PM 
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