|Posted:||January 29, 2019 01:08 PM|
|From:||Representative Joanna E. McClinton|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Use of Residential Address of Prison Inmates for Census Counting|
|Currently, the U.S. Census counts incarcerated individuals as residents of the prison location rather than their residential address. This unintentionally inflates the weight of a vote cast in districts that contain prisons at the expense of areas that don’t. Moreover, incarcerated individuals lack strong, enduring ties to the communities where they are held and often utilize the services of the representatives of their pre-incarceration district.
In the interests of all Pennsylvanians, it is our duty as legislators to do everything in our power to ensure accurate and equal representation within our districts. My legislation will allow Pennsylvania to collect the home addresses of incarcerated people and correct the data state-wide, accurately reflecting incarcerated populations and guaranteeing fair and equal representation of each citizen.
Please join me in supporting this legislation as we continue to move Pennsylvania forward by championing common-sense reform measures.
Introduced as HB940