Many people living in group quarters, such as correctional facilities, are at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census. This Group Quarters Operation fact sheet provides advocates and stakeholders with an overview of how people living in correctional facilities will be counted during the 2020 Census.
- People in correctional facilities will be counted at their facility address instead of in their home community.
- People living in correctional facilities will be counted in the 2020 Census as part of the Group Quarters enumeration (GQ)—a special operation to count people in group living situations.
- Residents of group quarters will be counted using several methods. Correctional facility administrators and 2020 Census enumerators will decide jointly which method to use for each facility.
The Census Bureau plans to address concerns regarding prison-based gerrymandering by giving states data products that reassign incarcerated persons to their pre-incarceration home addresses, upon request.