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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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HARTFORD — The legislature’s Judiciary Committee Monday considered bills that would change where prisoners are counted for population tallies – a move viewed by some as a threat to municipal aid from the state and by others as step toward political equity and fairness.
With legislative leaders about to begin redrawing legislative and congressional districts to reflect the 2010 Census, the General Assembly is considering a related issue: Where should prison inmates be counted?
The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund says Connecticut is one of 47 states that practices "prison-based gerrymandering" by counting inmates where they are confined, not where are they from.
Does Bridgeport lose legislative juice when its inmate-based population is counted in other communities?
3/18/11Related Case or Issue:
(New York, New York) – On Monday March 21, at 10:00 am, the Joint Committee on the Judiciary of the Connecticut General Assembly will hold a hearing to consider HB 6084, which would end prison-based gerrymandering in Connecticut. Dale Ho, Assistant Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) will provide testimony in support of the bill.
Redistricting represents one of the most important events in our democracy. Encouraging greater levels of community participation in the process and advocating for compliance with the Voting Rights Act can help ensure that this redistricting cycle produces maps that provide minority voters with equal access to the political process.