U.S. Supreme Court Summarily Affirms Redistricting Plan that Counts Prisoners as Residents of Their Last Home Before Incarceration

On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court summarily affirmed the decision of a 3-judge panel in Maryland, in Fletcher v Lamone, 11-1178. Maryland and a handful of other states now draw congressional and legislative districts under the assumption that prisoners should be tallied (for redistricting purposes) in the community in which they lived before they were imprisoned, instead of in the town where the prison is located.

The 3-judge court had upheld Maryland’s system. Today’s summary affirmance means that other states are now free to follow the same policy, without fear that that method of counting prisoners is unconstitutional.

The effect of Maryland’s system is to give less representation in the U.S. House, and in the state legislature, to communities in which prisons are located. Generally, prisons are in smaller towns, and generally prisoners come from large urban areas, so the Maryland system usually means increased representation for urban areas.

5 comments

  1. Jim Riley · · Reply

    It would be simpler to redistrict based on qualified voters.

  2. Demo Rep · · Reply

    ANTI-Democracy Gerrymanders continue on and on — due to the 9 SCOTUS math morons.

    1/2 votes x 1/2 gerrymander districts = 1/4 CONTROL.

    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V.

  3. 1 – Why?

  4. Demo Rep · · Reply

    The U.S.A. Census stuff has ZERO to do with REAL Democracy inside each State.

    ACTUAL voters at the last election for any p.r. districts for ballot access.

    Each election is NEW.

    Way too difficult for the 1964-2012 SCOTUS math MORONS — who barely know 5-4 majority opinions

    — often full of subversions / perversions of history — to be over-ruled later — by const amdts or later SCOTUS opinions.

  5. Jim Riley · · Reply

    3, So those choosing their representatives have equal voting strength.

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