Census counting of prisoners becomes partisan battleground

In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 photo, Jerome Dillard poses in Milwaukee. Dillard, a former inmate who is now the state director of Milwaukee-based advocacy group Ex-incarcerated People Organizing, supports ending prison gerrymandering. A longstanding U.S. Census Bureau policy for counting inmates as prison residents means a significant portion of Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods will be undercounted because their incarceration rates are among the highest in the nation.

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