No Change in How Census Counts Inmates

Sullivan, Tim
May 2006
Planning;May2006, Vol. 72 Issue 5, p52
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the efforts on the decision of the U.S. Census Bureau to reexamine its method of counting inmates. It is a traditional practice of the agency to count the number of inmates as part of the town's population even though they are separated from the mainstream society. A report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics have indicated that counting prisoners at their permanent home of record would cost more than the current method. Significantly, counting inmates in the towns where they are incarcerated has some impact on appropriation decisions as well as the process of redistricting.


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