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Census counting of prisoners becomes a partisan battleground

When Milwaukee reporter Ivan Moreno learned that the census counts prisoners at the place where they are held rather than where they are actually from, he set out to find states that had passed or were trying to pass legislation to stop a practice that critics call prison gerrymandering – they argue that it unfairly shifts political power and resources from urban, liberal, largely minority areas to rural, white, largely conservative areas. Moreno tapped state legislators who represent both sides of the argument to tell a fully rounded story, as well as a former prisoner who also gave voice to the issue.

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