Unfair Prisoner Counting Skews State Legislative Districting
One of the first things I learned in law school is the difference between a residence and a domocile: A residence is where you hang your hat, a domocile is where your heart is. In other words, your domicile is your home, not where you happen to be sleeping and eating.
In 1790, it was determined that inmates should be counted according to where they are housed while doing time, not where they come from -- or where they will return once their sentences are up.
The issue is gaining more attention as a result of a congressional directive to the U.S. Census bureau to study the issue of where inmates should be counted as living, for the purpose of determining the population of legislative districts. Population is what determines both funding and districting.
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