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The Power of Now
Thursday, April 4, 2013
On April 1, 2013, LDF Assistant Counsel, Leah Aden, submitted testimony to the Connecticut Legislature's Joint Committee on Judiciary in support of HB 6679, which would end prison-based gerrymandering in the state and bring Connecticut's redistricting process in line with basic principles of democracy. Specifically, HB 6679 calls for incarcerated people to be counted at their home addresses for redistricting purposes. By adopting this legislation, Connecticut has the opportunity to join the leading ranks of other states like Maryland, Delaware, New York, and California, that have adopted similar legislation ending prison-based gerrymandering.
To learn more about LDF's prison-based gerrymandering reform efforts, click here and visit the website of Prison Policy Initiative, one of LDF's allies in working to end this practice that undermines principles of fair representation.