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John Pfaff
1. Every time I write abt prison gerrymandering, find it amazing it is a thing that exists. That we are so blasé about a FIVE-FIFTHS compromise.
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John Pfaff 10 Dec 17
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2. In 44 states, prisoners “live” in their prisons for the purpose of the Census but cannot vote: bodies with no electoral power.
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John Pfaff 10 Dec 17
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3. Crime is disproportionately concentrated in cities, and those sent to prison are disproportionately POC—and thus disproportionately Dem-leaning.
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John Pfaff 10 Dec 17
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4. Yet prisons are increasingly located in more-rural, more conservative communities. Democratic prisoners in Republican counties:
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John Pfaff 10 Dec 17
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5. All across the country, rural legislators are holding onto their seats because of the people in their prisons. See for so many examples.
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John Pfaff 10 Dec 17
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6. I mean, look at these counties. Can you identify the prison? (Green = black person, red = Hispanic, blue = whites.) One is NY’s Clinton Prison, the other CA’s notorious Pelican Bay.
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John Pfaff 10 Dec 17
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7. The Census Bureau right now is in total disarray, which is hugely problematic for ten thousand reasons. But means it won’t fix this.
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John Pfaff 10 Dec 17
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8. The only states to fix this are CA, DE, MD, and NY: deep blue states that passed changes when Dems controlled both chambers and gov.
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John Pfaff 10 Dec 17
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9. Even in NY, Senate GOP managed to split a district in half to add a seat bc knew the math: moving counts back to NYC, Buffalo would cause a net GOP loss.
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John Pfaff 10 Dec 17
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10. Anyway, prison gerrymandering is one of those non-exciting topics (“Hi, can I talk to you about Census enumeration policies?!” does… not keep ppl’s attention) that is HUGELY critical.
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John Pfaff 10 Dec 17
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11. I was writing about it now, and the deep injustice of it and its seeming intractability meant that I had to vent about it on Twitter, in hopes at least a few more ppl will oppose it.
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