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Progressive States Network: How the Incarcerated are Counted Distorts our Politics

by Peter Wagner, September 14, 2009

article thumbnailChristian Smith-Socaris has a Progressive States Network Dispatch on How the Incarcerated are Counted Distorts our Politics. It includes a detailed summary of the problem of prison-based gerrymandering and a thorough review of what actions states can take to restore fairness to the redistricting process.

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