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anymore. They will be merged into other districts, diminishing the representation they were accustomed to for a very long time. •

With expansion of the physical size of some districts to make up for the loss of prison populations is likely to come a shift in which party holds the elected position.

The state government’s focus and policies will not take account of smaller dispersed rural populations (reflecting particular communities of interest) because most of the power will be shifted downstate towards Long Island and New York City.

Areas that are willing to be the location of prisons deserve some special consideration, such as being able to count prisoners in their population. After all, how many suburban areas would be willing to zone their land for prisons?

Senator Elizabeth Little of upstate New York says that inmates in her district use the same community resources as other residents (utilities, hospitals, water) and should be counted where they sleep.

Another upstate Senator, Joseph Griffo, contends that changing the way prisoners are counted is at odds with other census practices, namely that college students and military families are counted “where they sleep.”


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