Carla Luna

Voting Rights & Voter Engagement

2018

Focusing specifically on U.S census data collection, this blueprint outlines a plan of action to dismantle prison gerrymandering in New York State. It rejects districting schemes that count inmates as residents of the district where they are incarcerated instead of their home districts and challenges the idea of prison as a home. Under the current model, inmates for whom there is no information on record are essentially discarded, excluded from the count altogether. The goal of this blueprint is to restore political power to disenfranchised communities. The solution will require a combination of inter-agency collaboration as well as Census reform for 2020 and beyond. This blueprint proposes a fairer method for dealing with inmates with missing pre-incarceration information and advocates for a better method of data collection and sharing information across institutions.