Victimizing the Vulnerable: The Demographics of Eminent Domain Abuse

Victimizing the Vulnerable: The Demographics of Eminent Domain Abuse

According to a new study by the Institute for Justice, 58 percent of those targeted by municipalities' exercise of eminent domain were minorities, compared to only 45 percent of people in surrounding neighborhoods that were not similarly targeted. Victimizing the Vulnerable: The Demographics of Eminent Domain Abuse (19 pages, PDF) presents a systemic analysis of U.S. Census data to determine the profile of those affected by uses of eminent domain in 184 selected projects around the country. The institute, which is funded primarily by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, argued and lost the Kelo vs. City of New London case before the U.S. Supreme Court.