A bill eliminating prison gerrymandering in Connecticut is being proposed by a coalition, who is urging the Judiciary Committee to raise and for the full legislature to pass such a law.
Hispanic Federation Connecticut State Director Ingrid Alvarez, who previously served as Executive Director of the Hispanic Center in Danbury, says inmates should be counted in the municipality of their last known address, not the town in which they are imprisoned. Alvarez says it unfairly distorts communities of color representation in state and local politics. She says it directly and negatively impacts the votes of Latinos and African Americans in the state by by diluting the power of their vote.
New York, Maryland, Delaware and California have passed legislation similar to what's being proposed here.