Tue October 30, 2012
Should the Census Count Inmates Where They Live or Where They're Imprisoned?
A Kentucky state representative wants to change how prisoners are allocated when it comes to Census data. Should the Census Count Inmates Where They Live or Where They're Imprisoned?
State Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville, doesn’t want prisoners counted as residents of the counties where they are imprisoned.
But that’s currently how state law works. So Owens is proposing to change the law to let inmates be counted as residents of their last home address.
Owens said changing the law would help accurately display the makeup of communities for redistricting and federal programs.
“So you know you’re gonna have however many people in Eddyville, in that particular district, when in fact they are not really residents of that district and probably will not live in that district once they’re released from the prison,” he said.
Owens said his law wouldn’t affect the last census, but would be in effect for 2020.