Friday, June 29, 2018

NAACP Sues to Redraw CT Legislature’s Map Over Prison Gerrymandering

The NAACP and a handful of Voters filed a Lawsuit, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT Case 3:18-cv-0109 on Thursday to Strike Down the Map for the Connecticut Legislature before the 2020 Election.

The plaintiffs, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE, NAACP CONNECTICUT STATE CONFERENCE, JUSTIN FARMER, GERMANO KIMBRO, CONLEY MONK, JR., GARRY MONK, and DIONE ZACKERY, say that Lawmakers are Unconstitutionally Drawing District Lines when they Count Prisoners as part of the Population of the Place where they’re Incarcerated, not their Home at the time of their Incarceration.

New York also used this way of counting Prisoners.

Connecticut Redraws its Electoral Districts every 10 years and uses the Population Data in each District to do so.

Connecticut’s State Legislative Redistricting Plan, adopted in 2011 and Scheduled for use in the 2018 and 2020 Elections, Violates the “one person, one vote” requirement of the Fourteenth Amendment because the Plan is based on Unlawful Prison Gerrymandering.

“Prison gerrymandering” is the practice whereby Connecticut Counts Incarcerated People as Residing in the State Facility where they are Imprisoned, rather than at their Pre-Incarceration Address, for the purpose of Drawing Lines for State Legislative Districts.

Connecticut’s Prisoners are Disproportionately African-American and Latino, and many maintain a Permanent Domicile in the State’s Urban Centers. Nevertheless, many of these Individuals are Incarcerated in Correctional Facilities that the State has located Primarily in Rural, Lightly Populated, predominantly White Parts of Connecticut.

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