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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."

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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."

Baltimore Is Burning -- Not Just in Flames, But With a Righteous Anger

"Where there is anger, there is the passion to make the future different, better, more equitable, more just. Where things have been torn down, they can be built up again."

Baltimore Pastor of Diverse Church Located Just Blocks From Rioting Says White Christians Need to Acknowledge Systemic Racism

"There are deep systemic issues. There is no surface issue that's really the cause. There's some deep stuff that's been going on that's been going on for a lot of years."

Riots are destructive, dangerous, and scary — but can lead to serious social reforms

"People participate in this type of event for a real reason... It's not just people taking advantage. It's not just anger and frustration at the immediate or proximate cause. It's always some underlying issues."

West Baltimore offers vivid reminder of failed mass incarceration policy

The West Baltimore neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester, where Freddie Gray was arrested and fatally injured, is by all obvious metrics a neglected community.

Who is Freddie Gray, whose death is at the center of Baltimore's unrest?

The unrest in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray has left portions of the city in ruins and again elevated the national debate over police treatment of African Americans. Yet little is known about the man who suffered a severed spine after taken into custody on April 12.

‘No training, no money, no hope, no way of getting out’

Despite a broader economic recovery, there has been little sign of progress in significant parts of Baltimore — particularly poor black areas such as those where the violence occurred.

Baltimore neighborhood at the center of riots was a ticking time bomb

Freddie Gray's death angered his neighbors. But there's a lot to be angry about in Sandtown — from rampant violence to poverty to a lack of job prospects.

Baltimore police enforce curfew by firing pepper balls at crowds

Baltimore police started arresting protesters and firing pepper balls to disperse crowds as a 10pm curfew came into force on Tuesday night, just hours after President Barack Obama lamented a “slow-rolling crisis” over police treatment of African-Americans.

Baltimore riots sparked not by race but by class tensions between police, poor

"What separates police and community members in Baltimore is not race, but class, where residents in poorer neighborhoods feel targeted by a police force that treats them unfairly."

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