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Law changes how prisoners are counted in redistricting

Good Monday morning!
When New Jersey redraws its congressional districts, prison inmates will be considered as residents of their hometowns — not where they are incarcerated.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed a billon Friday that changes how inmates are counted, according to my colleague Matt Friedman. That includes for congressional, county, municipal and school board redistricting. Under a separate law, New Jersey will count inmates as residents of their hometowns.
Why does this matter? Previously, counting inmates in the town where they are incarcerated boosts those towns populations for redistricting. These laws change that.
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