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Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, Edgewood have high incarceration rates, as does northern Harford, study's data show

Areas of Harford County that lie south and east of I-95 have the most county residents incarcerated in state prisons, according to a study released earlier this week.

NCJJ Report Shows Juvenile Crime Keeps Falling, But Reasons Elusive

The latest comprehensive survey of the U.S. juvenile justice system paints a mixed picture of troubled youth even as the numbers of teens in the system continued a long decline.

"The Right Investment" Social Media Gallery

Help spread the word about our new report and convince Maryland's elected leaders to start making the #RightInvestment!

New Study: Maryland taxpayers spend $288 million a year to incarcerate people from Baltimore City

According to a new report released today by the Justice Policy Institute and the Prison Policy Initiative, Maryland taxpayers are spending $5 million or more to incarcerate people from each of about half of Baltimore’s communities.

No to Prison Industrial Complex: San Francisco's Trans Community Responds to Brutal Murders

Anger is part of what spurred 300 or so people to turn up at City Hall in the middle of a weekday to demand more attention around the extreme rates of violence against trans people, especially trans people of color.

Report: Sandtown-Winchester leads state in number of people incarcerated

Sandtown-Winchester, the blighted community just west of downtown Baltimore that has been the target of multimillion-dollar revitalization efforts over the past two decades, is home to more people held in state prisons than any other census tract in Maryland.

Salisbury and Cambridge Among Highest for Incarceration Rates

A new report released by the Justice Policy Institute ranks Cambridge and Salisbury as having the third and fourth highest incarceration rates for prisons in the state.

Salisbury and Cambridge Incarceration Rates More Than Double Statewide Average, Study Shows

Cambridge and Salisbury have incarceration rates more than double the Maryland state average, according to a new report by the Justice Policy Institute and the Prison Policy Initiative.

Seeking a second chance for criminals serving life sentences in Maryland

"Because of politics, Maryland is spending millions of dollars every year incarcerating people who can safely return to their communities, at great human and financial cost to us all."

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

Thanks to a new data-crunching report about incarceration in Maryland, Marylanders can now know they spend $288 million each year to imprison about 7,800 people from Baltimore City.

The school to prison pipeline, explained

Juvenile crime rates are plummeting, and the number of Americans in juvenile detention has dropped. But school discipline policies are moving in the opposite direction.

Can Homeboy Redemption Help Restore America’s Future?

From the very beginning of his life, Hector Verdugo had everything going against him — until a Catholic priest entered his life, following a prison stint, and gave him the chance he needed.

Can the Drop in Juvenile Incarcerations Offer Lessons for Adult Policy?

JPI's Executive Director, Marc Schindler, explores the divergence between youth and adult incarceration rates and asks what lessons we can glean from this trend.

9 Surprising Industries Profiting Handsomely from America's Insane Prison System
It's no coincidence that the United States now imprisons more of its people than any other country in the world: mass incarceration has become a giant industry in the U.S.
Reducing Incarceration & Scaling Back the Criminal Justice System: A Bipartisan Approach

In the Just Policy Blog, JPI research intern Natacia Caton describes the bipartisan push for more sensible justice policies

How communities are keeping kids out of crime

Cities and states are moving away from locking up juvenile offenders, offering treatment and other programs to prevent them from becoming hardened criminals.

OP-ED: Mental Health Professionals Should Be Key Leaders in Juvenile Justice Policy

As new research emerges on adolescent brain development and trauma, and its association with  delinquent behaviors among justice-involved youth, it is apparent that juvenile justice policies should reflect these findings.

2015 can be the year of criminal justice reform

Unlike most other policy areas, where President Obama and Republicans remain at loggerheads, criminal justice reform holds much greater promise since both political parties seem to agree that there are festering problems that need to be addressed.

Locking into locking up youth is a losing game

Florida, like other states, has a spending problem. Too many juveniles are spending time confined for non-violent infractions. And taxpayers are spending too much to keep them warehoused.

University students push for prison divestment

Only a few years ago did the growing clout of the U.S.’s for-profit prison industry come into sharp relief.

States see marked drop in juvenile prison populations as reforms take hold

A falling crime rate and new reforms to the way juveniles are treated by the criminal justice system have dramatically cut the number of young people in state prisons.

HN county attorney challenges staff to reduce Black youth incarceration

Freeman recognizes inequities, bias in the criminal justice system.

Nancy Grace defends discriminatory drug policy

An interview between talk show host Nancy Grace and hip-hop artist (and College Park, Georgia, mayoral candidate) 2 Chainz, went viral last week.

Say Hello to JPI’s Spring Interns!

Each of our new interns brings a unique set of experiences and skills that will help us accomplish our goals for the new year.

Top 10 Youth Justice Reads for Loretta Lynch

Here's a list of some must-reads for an attorney general who wants to make a difference in juvenile justice.

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