PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A federal appeals court has concluded that a redistricting plan in a Rhode Island city that puts all the inmates at the state prison into one ward is politically fair.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday cited an April decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in ruling that Cranston’s district lines were constitutional.
The plan puts about 3,400 inmates at the Adult Correctional Institutions into Cranston’s Ward 6.
The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union argued that was unfair. A judge agreed and ordered a new plan. He said the votes of 10 residents in the other wards were equal those of seven residents in Ward 6.
But the appeals court found no evidence the plan creates unfair discrimination.
The ACLU is considering an appeal.