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NYT Editorial: A Vote for a Smarter Census

by Peter Wagner, September 18, 2006

New York Times editorialThe New York Times has issued a strong editorial A Vote for a Smarter Census declaring that “a persuasive new report from the National Research Council” makes the Census Bureau’s current practice of counting people in prison as residents of the prison town “hard to defend”.

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