2005 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS
URBAN ECONOMY POLICY

BRINGING FAIRNESS AND RELEVANCE TO CENSUS BUREAU COUNTS OF INCARCERATED AMERICANS

WHEREAS, Federal funds are appropriated most fairly when apportioned according to citizen residences; and

WHEREAS, people under correctional commitments to prisons are residing in those facilities only for time limited sentences and 95% will return to their home communities upon release; and

WHEREAS, the families of inmates remain in residence in the home community of the inmate and oftentimes require support and assistance in that community; and

WHEREAS, the Census Bureau currently counts residency of prison inmates based on the location of the inmate’s prison; and

WHEREAS, federal funding, when appropriated to state and local areas based on population, follows the inmate to the prison community’s location; and

WHEREAS, this formula draws a disproportionate amount of funding to prison community locations, while restricting the amount of funds that go to the actual home communities of the inmates; and

WHEREAS, Congress and the Administration are structuring a significant effort to assist in the safe and successful return of inmates leaving prison; and

WHEREAS, it is absolutely essential that funding be available to operate reentry programs in the home communities of people returning from prison,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges Congress to bring fairness and relevancy to the appropriation of federal funds by adopting the necessary legislation to require the Census Bureau to count inmates based on the community that they reside in at the time of sentencing and not on the location of the inmate’s prison.

©2005 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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