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Publication Date: April 2004

Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice

Author(s): Patricia Allard; Kirsten D. Levingston

Topic: Justice (Prisoners and imprisonment)
Population and demographics (Demography and census)

Keywords: Justice; Criminal Justice; Post-Conviction Penalties

Type: Report


Through its decennial census and other data collection, the Census Bureau aims to provide an accurate picture of American society, one that informs national and local policymakers, agencies and organizations, and businesses that direct resources and services to diverse communities. However, the convergence of the Census Bureaus enumeration method and current criminal justice trends threaten the accuracy of this picture.