Are free and fair elections too much to ask for? Thanks to partisan gerrymandering — and its ugly cousin, prison gerrymandering — the answer is often yes.
Earlier this week, a coalition of state and local civil rights organizations called on the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions to end prison gerrymandering. Commission members are expected to hold a critical vote on the issue Thursday.
Civil Rights Groups Urge CO Redistricting Commission to Allocate Inmates Based on Residency, Not Prison Location
On Monday, a coalition of Colorado-based civil rights organizations published a letter urging the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions to reallocate the prison population to their home communities, in order to prevent racial bias from contaminating the new maps for Colorado congressional and legislative districts.
Republican candidate for Colorado governor Walker Stapleton, who has suggested he’d strip funding from public schools and instead increase funding for prisons, recently took the maximum campaign contribution from a prison contractor whose company has provoked lawsuits and riots due to mistreatment of inmates.