Prison Gerrymandering Training Sessions Announced

The Redistricting Data Hub (RDH) is pleased to announce two new trainings on Prison Gerrymandering, in partnership with Brianna Remster and Rory Kramer of Villanova University. These trainings are inspired in part by their research on the process of reallocating incarcerated populations in Pennsylvania. They are currently extending that work …

WLNS News Segment on Prison Gerrymandering Features VAAC’s Danny Jones

In December of 2021 when the Michigan Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission (MICRC) was deciding how to redraw the legislative district maps for Michigan, this story and video appeared on WLNS.com. It features an interview with VAAC’s Chairperson, Danny Jones. Watch it here or read the article below. Have you ever …

Help Us Make #goodtrouble at MICRC on Friday 10/29/21

Over the past few months many VAAC members have attended MICRC meetings in person and remotely, and submitted many, many written comments. Thank you for the #good trouble you made!  During this final week of public testimony, a dozen+ VAAC members spoke out on behalf of VAAC and coalition partners about …

Prison Gerrymandering Experts Provide Testimony to the MICRC

On October 24, 2021, Rory Kramer, PhD and Brianna Remster, PhD of Villanova University submitted written testimony to the Michigan Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission (MICRC) advocating against prison gerrymandering in Michigan. VAAC is very grateful to these scientists for their efforts on behalf of fair maps in Michigan. As social …

Detroit Free Press Covers VAAC Advocacy on Prison Gerrymandering

On October 2, 2021, the Detroit Free Press published an article by Miriam Marini with the headline “Advocates push for inmates to be counted at their home addresses as redistricting ensues.” The well-written article does a deep dive into the issue and quotes VAAC chairperson, Danny Jones, as well as …

VAAC’s Danny Jones Published in Detroit News on Prison Gerrymandering

Danny Jones, chairperson of the Voting Access for All Coalition, speaks from personal experience in a recent opinion article in the Detroit News, describing the harmful practice of prison gerrymandering: counting prisoners as residents of districts where they are imprisoned, even though they have no ties to that community, likely call a different district home, and are not even allowed to vote.