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Census error on prison site alters Yuma budget

Inmates line up for lunch at the Arizona State Prison in Florence. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

YUMA — An error in the 2010 U.S. Census is forcing Yuma officials to alter their proposed budget for the next fiscal year.

The Yuma Sun reports that the Census mistakenly counted the population of a 2,400-inmate state prison as being in Yuma.

The prison is actually in San Luis, and the subtraction of the inmates from Yuma’s population means the city is entitled to less population tax funding shared by the state.

City Finance Director Pat Wicks says Yuma will have to subtract $400,000 of projected revenue from the $155 million budget.

He says that’ll result in changes to the budget but not major ones.

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One comment

  1. Inmates shouldn’t be imported to Arizona to be used as commodities for $$$’s. This is unethical and immoral. Where’s the incentive to release anyone? Inmates should be counted in the towns they came from.

    http://www.prisonersofthecensus.org/news/2013/01/30/virginia-hb1339intro/

    NEW VIRGINIA BILL TO FINALLY FREE ALL LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM PRISON GERRYMANDERING

    by Aleks Kajstura, January 30, 2013

    “The census’s practice of counting incarcerated people at the location of the facility where they are incarcerated, rather than at their home addresses, continues to test Virginia’s redistricting laws, but the state keeps making progress towards a solution. A new bill to end the state’s requirement that some counties and cities engage in prison gerrymandering, HB 1339, just passed the House and is making its way through the Senate.” excerpt

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