Prison gerrymandering is on its way to ending in Illinois

Prison gerrymandering unfairly skews representation toward downstate districts with prisons and away from Black and Brown communities where people who are incarcerated actually live. According to the most recent data available from the Prison Policy Initiative,​ ​70 percent of the prison population in Illinois is made up of Black and Brown residents. Black Illinoisans make up the single largest demographic group of those incarcerated, by far.