I was amazed with the presentation yesterday and all the support and response all our hard work is getting. Congrats to all of you for your fantastic work!
I received the following Facebook message yesterday from Peter Wagner, the Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative (in regards to my paper about Felony Disenfranchisement):
Thanks for the mention of the Census Bureau’s prison miscount in your Stateville Speaks editorial.
For what it’s worth, the prison miscount’s impact on state and federal funding is actually extremely small. Most government programs are too sophisticated to be fooled by this; but the impact on the political process and redistricting is quite large. We have a report about prison-based gerrymandering in Illinois scheduled for release in January.
Stay tuned. http://www.prisonersofthecensus.org
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