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The most imprisoned communities in Maryland are right next to Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Medical Campus

Keeping Baltimoreans in prison is a massive correctional burden for Maryland. (Justice Policy Institute/Prison Policy Initiative / February 25, 2015)

Thanks to a new data-crunching report about incarceration in Maryland by the nonprofits Justice Policy Institute and the Prison Policy Initiative, Marylanders can now know they spend $288 million each year to imprison about 7,800 people from Baltimore City. They can also pinpoint precisely where Maryland prisoners come from, be it by city or town, ZIP code, legislative district, or voting precinct.

The report's most high-resolution database of the state's prison population sorts by the voting precincts inmates come from, and reveals that the top three precincts in all of Maryland hug the walls of the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus in East Baltimore, incorporating parts of the Middle East, Dunbar Broadway, and McElderry Park neighborhoods.

In the Middle East precinct, 7.3 percent of the residents are serving time in the Maryland prison system, while in the Dunbar Broadway and McElderry Park precincts the percentages are 4.7 and 4.2, respectively. The precinct with the fourth-highest density of residents serving time is in downtown Hagerstown, where 4.1 percent of the precinct's 1,600 residents is in prison.

Baltimore City also leads the state's cities and towns, with 1.3 percent of its residents in prison, followed by Hagerstown, with an even 1 percent.

Baltimore City's six legislative districts top the incarceration-rate list, with all having at least 1,000 residents serving prison sentences, a distinction held by none of the state's 41 other districts. The top slot in the state is occupied by West Baltimore's 40th District, with 1,855 residents who are inmates.

This piece originally appeared in the Baltimore City Paper.

Follow Van Smith on Twitter at @vansmithwicks and the Baltimore City Paper at @city_paper.

Posted in JPI in the News, Criminal Justice News

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