Effect Of Counting Prisoners In Home Districts Not As Bad As First Thought
It's the law now in New York state: prison inmates have to be counted in their home neighborhoods instead of at their prison addresses.
The law, which has been upheld in court, leads to a population loss for the north country that could hurt the region when new Assembly and Senate districts are drawn.
However, the loss won't be as much as expected, because it turns out many inmates have no home address.
"When you work to verify those addresses, we have come to realize that many , many, many of these folks do not have permanent addresses so they will, in fact, be counted in the prison where they are incarcerated," said Assemblywoman Addie Russell
A compromise worked out between Republicans and Democrats has 12,000 inmates continuing to be counted where they are in prison.
Friday, October 9, 2015, Watertown, NY
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