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Matthew T. Mangino: Leniency or smart punishment strategy

As prisons continue to grow and states struggle to pay the costs, the disastrous consequences of the prison industrial complex have come into focus.

Sticker Shock Florida

Let's convince policymakers it's time for juvenile justice reform. Help spread the word about the high cost of youth incarceration in Florida!

Maryland looking at prison sentencing reform

The Maryland General Assembly is moving ahead on a bill that would let the state explore prison sentencing reform and reduce recidivism among former inmates.

Fewer teens behind bars after state puts emphasis on helping rather than punishing

Beginning in the early 2000s, Connecticut adopted “evidence-based” programs that were aimed at changing the youth’s behavior rather than just punishing it.

A police shooting in Madison, WI, highlighted the city's alarming racial disparities

The police shooting of Tony Robinson, an unarmed biracial 19-year-old, has awakened fears that the supposedly progressive city of 240,000 is far from immune to racial disparities in law enforcement

A negative return on investing in prisons

Katie Allston, executive director at Marian House, explains why we cannot imprison our way out of the entrenched poverty that grips certain areas of Baltimore City.

OP-ED: Crime Victims Are Not Who You Think

Who's most likely to be victimized by violence? As JPI's Paul Ashton explains, the answer may surprise you.

Tony Robinson Killing Highlights Wisconsin's Racial Inequities

Wisconsin has the highest rate of incarceration of black men in the country, and most Wisconsin counties arrest black people at exceptionally high rates--even outpacing the disparities in Ferguson, Missouri.

On International Women's Day, activists keep attention on prisons, police brutality, and women heroes throughout history

For the 50 Baltimore citizens who convened on International Women's Day to celebrate, commemorate, and mobilize fellow women activists, the revolutionary spirit was alive and well.

Sticker Shock Texas

Let's convince policymakers it's time for juvenile justice reform. Help spread the word about the high cost of youth incarceration in Texas!

What we know about the police shooting of unarmed 19-year-old Tony Robinson in Madison, WI

A white Madison, Wisconsin, police officer on Friday shot and killed Tony Robinson, an unarmed black 19-year-old.

After jail, women struggle to live

Often, no job or savings for an apartment upon release.

DOJ Shows Ferguson’s — & America’s — School Discipline Crisis

When considered alongside the high levels of suspensions and other overuse of harsh discipline, it is clear that Ferguson-Florissant is using every tool available — including long arms of the law — to avoid serving children it deems unworthy of high-quality education.

Jails: Time to Wake Up to Mass Incarceration in Your Neighborhood

Jails admit nearly 12 million people every year. Yet they are largely off the radar of critics of mass incarceration. However, as a new report by Vera Institute and actions by activists around the country demonstrate, jails matter.

Sticker Shock West Virginia

Let's convince policymakers it's time for juvenile justice reform. Help spread the word about the high cost of youth incarceration in West Virginia!

Taking Politics Out of Parole

How much is Maryland spending to incarcerate people from Baltimore City? Marc Schindler shares new findings on how much is spent on incarcerating Baltimore residents.

The Cost Of Crime And Incarceration In One Baltimore Neighborhood

A new report says that, as of 2010, 458 people from Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood or neighboring Harlem Park were in a Maryland prison, the largest number of any census tract in the state.

Connecticut Governor Malloy’s personnel shift from judicial to DCF draws fire

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has gotten positive feedback on his proposed Second Chance Society that would integrate non-violent offenders back into their communities through parole and drug reforms, job training, housing and mental health services and an end to mandatory minimum sentences.

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.

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