Friday, October 19, 2007

2 For You, 1, 2, For Me: Toward a Fair Census Count for New York State

Yesterday at City Hall, Eric Schneiderman and several other state Senators held a press conference to publicize a sign-on letter to Charles Kincannon of the Census Bureau. The letter urges the Bureau to amend the way that the census determines the residence of prisoners: as of now, the census counts prisoners as residents of town/county where they are imprisoned, rather than their last known address prior to being incarcerated.

The prisoner count impacts New York State's democratic process in numerous ways. Kudos to the Senators and other vocal advocates for raising awareness on such an important issue!

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