How Prisons Inflate White Voting Power in Downstate Illinois

The Chicago Reporter features “How prisons inflate white voting power in downstate Illinois,” a co-authored essay by Amanda Lewis, director of UIC’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and professor of African American studies and sociology; José Acosta-Córdova, UIC graduate student in urban planning and policy; and Kasey Henricks, a former IRRPP postdoctoral associate and current assistant professor of sociology at the University of Tennessee. The piece, which follows up on findings from the IRRPP’s earlier report on Chicago’s inequalities, details prison gerrymandering where inmates are counted as residents of the often rural location of their correctional facilities rather than their home communities.