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9:25 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Lawmaker to Propose Bill Ending ‘Prison Gerrymandering'

A Kentucky lawmaker plans to file a measure for next year’s General Assembly that would change how the U.S. Census counts Kentucky’s prisoners;

A Kentucky state lawmaker says he will introduce a bill that will accurately apportion the state’s prison population in legislative districts.

Louisville Democrat Rep. Darryl Owens says he plans to file a measure for next year’s General Assembly that would change how the U.S. Census counts Kentucky’s prisoners; currently, they are counted in the district of their incarceration. Owen’s bill could place them in districts based on their previous home address, or not count them altogether.

Owens says that he thinks his bill will fare well in the upcoming legislative session. 

“We’ve got to figure out a way to count them, but make sure that they don’t have a big impact on the local community where they can’t even vote and don’t even live,” Owens said.

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McConnell Says Senate Should Have Input
5:45 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

McConnell Files Bill to Address Prison Worker Controversy

U-S Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has filed legislation that would require the Director of the Bureau of Prisons to be appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate.

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