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The Biggest Mystery Of Baltimore’s Riots

How did a city where blacks are well-represented among the city government and police erupt in riots not seen since Martin Luther King Jr. was killed?

British Politician Has a Harsh Message for the Police — and America Needs to Pay Attention

The U.K.'s exceedingly logical approach is in stark contrast to prevailing attitudes in the U.S., where police funding has mushroomed far out of proportion to actual crime rates.

The battle for Baltimore

A combination of drugs, corruption and institutional racism has plagued Baltimore for decades.

Punish or rehab? Look at the costs

The vast majority of those incarcerated will be at an age still requiring them to have employment when they’re released, but it can be a very difficult proposition for them if they are not prepared.

The Real "Looting": From Slavery to Policing and Beyond

The system that people in Baltimore rose up against stretches back across the centuries.

Activists say Jay Z and Beyonce quietly bailed out Baltimore and Ferguson protesters

The notion that a celebrity couple would need to contribute vast sums to fund bail for protestors highlights a problem in how the US detains its citizens.

Bail system creates another hurdle for poor defendants, including recent protestors

Bail in Baltimore is a weird thing—and complicated, but it’s worth understanding because it matters.

Keep Kids Out of Handcuffs

The legal system has often become a go-to for even the most minor transgressions of children, particularly children of color.

Amid turmoil in Baltimore, a story of hidden health care gaps

Baltimore suffers glaring disparities in crime rates, income, education, housing – and health.

Drug courts are not the answer

Drug courts may do more harm than good when it comes to treating participants, saving taxpayer dollars and keeping people out of jail for simple drug possession.

These maps show just how racially problematic our bail system is

Most of the people being held in local jails have not been convicted of a crime and are only there because they couldn’t afford to post bail pre-trial.

They’re Not ‘Thugs’ — They’re Our Children

By referring to the young adults engaged in Baltimore’s protests as “criminals” and “thugs," commentators invoke harmful narratives about the young people involved.

Baltimore Burning: It’s Not A Matter of Money. We Tried That

Federal and state money has been pouring into the city for decades, yet nearly a quarter of the people in the city still live in poverty.

What Police Can Learn from Deep Learning

Police departments are increasingly turning to predictive analytics to help them fight crime, and the early returns are positive.

7 Charts Explaining Baltimore's Economic and Racial Struggles

Some people in Baltimore face some of the worst life prospects in the nation.

By the Numbers: Baltimore is the Face of Inequality in the US

Life expectancy in the neighborhoods of Charm City drastically goes down as the poverty rate goes up. A child born in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhood has a life expectancy nearly 20 years less than a child born only three miles away.

Maryland spends $288 million every year to imprison Baltimore residents — and the results are bleak

"This report combines never-before analyzed geographic data with key metrics on community well-being to allow policymakers to make informed choices about how best to allocate precious taxpayer resources."

Apply now: JPI is looking for a Digital Media Associate!

Apply to be the newest member of JPI's communications team.

Op-Ed: Structural accountability after Freddie Gray

"Baltimore's healing and hope lie beyond the smoke and in the kinds of social investments necessary to support the essential fabric of community — and which are profoundly lacking in Baltimore neighborhoods."

LTE: Lessons From Baltimore, and Beyond

JPI's Marc Schindler and the Prison Policy Initiative's Peter Wagner weigh in on Freddie Gray, Baltimore, and making the right investment for the city and its residents.

Obama’s Justice Department turned down cop training for Baltimore

The Justice Department turned down a request to help the Baltimore Police Department save a training program widely credited for improving the department’s relations with the city’s minority neighborhoods.

The Recovery Diaries: Treatment for Substance Abuse Now Favored Over Punishment

"We’ve criminalized addiction in this country to a point where an employer may hesitate to hire someone if they know they’ve had trouble in the past... I think all of those things keep people from the treatment door."

Wickham: Focus on Freddie Gray's neighborhood

His death is a small part of the decades-old human tragedy crying out for help.

Hard but Hopeful Home to ‘Lot of Freddies’

The neighborhood where Freddie Gray came of age has survived harrowing rates of unemployment, poor health, violent crime and incarceration.

Aggressive Policing, Series of Errors Blamed in Freddie Gray's Death

"This is a story of a series of systemic, institutional errors that created these conditions... If the arresting officers had been trained properly, this would have been far less likely to happen."

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