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Maryland Liberates Prisoners of the Census

By Cindy Boersma, ACLU of Maryland at 2:36pm
On April 12, Maryland became the first state in the country to count incarcerated people as residents of their hometowns, rather than as residents of the place where they are imprisoned, for the purposes of legislative districting. The passage of the No Representation Without Population Act ends prison-based gerrymandering, which falsely inflates the political power of districts with prisons, due to the U.S. Census’s practice of counting incarcerated populations as residents of the prison.
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