THE END PRISON GERRYMANDERING IN NEW YORK STATE……

…this one of those issues that affects alot of New Yorkers….. been paying attention to for a loooooong time…..thank you Errol Louis for your piece..and thank you….Gov. Patterson…State Legislators and Law Makers…..Eric Adams…..Eric Schneiderman…….Taharka Robinson…..Kirsten Foy…and anyone else involved with the passage of this legislation…..dope!!!

some excerpts of Mr. Louis’ piece:

“In a long-overdue victory for democracy, New York this week becomes the second state (after Maryland) to end the disgraceful practice of counting prison inmates as residents of the remote, mostly rural counties of their captivity rather than the places where they actually live. For a generation and more, upstate counties with prisons got an extra helping of public money thanks to a captive populace that pols knew full well would never use local schools, libraries, theaters, job training programs and other amenities.”

“The distorted count, in turn, has starved downstate inner-city neighborhoods of badly needed resources because many health, education and welfare programs are allocated according to population.”
“The unjust arrangement lasted for decades because the gerrymandering padded the size of upstate Senate districts – giving the Republican majority the power to resist any reform.”
“But year after year, GOP pols used the prisoners to inflate their power – and then grotesquely used that power to vote for harsh measures like the Rockefeller drug laws that ensured a large supply of “constituents” serving long sentences.”


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~ by fistofbowlfish on August 5, 2010.

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