CT lawmakers vote to end prison gerrymandering, heads to Lamont's desk
Connecticut lawmakers voted Wednesday to end prison gerrymandering.
The House vote was 95-49.
For redistricting in 2021, most inmates would now count their hometowns instead of where they're incarcerated.
Supporters have pushed to pass the change for several years.
Gov. Ned Lamont's office has said he will sign the bill. As News 12 has previously reported, this move could be a political boost for cities.
“This is a historic moment for Connecticut,” said Corrie Betts, the criminal justice chair of the NAACP CT. “Champions on this issue, including organizations like the NAACP and legislators like Sen. Gary Winfield, have been advocating to abolish prison gerrymandering for a decade. To see S.B. 753 pass both the House and Senate with bipartisan support is a culmination of all this advocacy and an enormous victory. We applaud the Connecticut General Assembly for finally abolishing this racist, unjust, and unlawful practice, and we look forward to Governor Lamont signing this bill into law.”
“This bill will ensure more accurate population counts throughout our state, particularly in Connecticut’s major cities and the towns that host correctional institutions, by ending the practice of gerrymandering incarcerated persons into the districts where their prison is located rather than into the communities where they choose to live prior to their incarceration," says Secretary of State Denise Merrill.