Federal Inmates Counted in Redistricting Plan

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Inmates are being counted in a redistricting plan.

Most can't vote or participate on community commissions, but the 3,000 prisoners at Lompoc's federal penitentiary will be included in the supervisorial redistricting process.

Supervisor Tom Urbanske made a motion to exclude the prisoner population from the redistricting tally, and it was seconded by board Chairwoman Joni Gray. But it was voted down 3-2.

Although felons can't vote, the 3,000 inmates will count in the current census total for the 4th Supervisorial District. The county has 399,347 residents, including the prisoners.

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