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Ex-convicts struggle to find work in Baltimore
A Marketplace analysis found the unemployment rate in Sandtown-Winchester is 22 percent.
Rethink incarceration in Virginia
Amanda Petteruti, Justice Policy Institute's senior research associate, wrote a letter to the editor in response to a Washington Post article entitled “ Va. to revisit parole option .”
The Left's Latest Big Money Target: For-Profit Prisons
Columbia University, which manages a $9.2 billion endowment, has just become the first university in the U.S. to divest from private prison companies.
THE TIME IS NOW TO RAISE THE AGE OF CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY
AN OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO AND THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE:
Watch John Oliver explain why the US bail system is terrible
John Oliver's latest target is the US bail system that has effectively hurt low-income defendants while allowing the wealthy to pay their way to freedom.
Bringing an End to the Incarceration Generation
The good news is that more today is known than ever before about what works and doesn't work to address offending and promote safety. We have the information and research to support making big…
New Prison Reform Law Creates 'Momentum,' But Limitations Could Lessen Impact
New legislation would give Oklahoma’s judges more discretion in sentencing certain nonviolent offenders.
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?
Want to reduce mass incarceration? Do no harm and invest in people and communities
While Baltimore and others are plagued by issues that go far beyond the criminal justice system, the criminal justice system can take important steps to reverse the trend of mass incarceration.
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.
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.
Investing in jobs and schools in Sandtown is a better solution than filling jail cells
What is the right investment in public safety in Sandtown, and how can we unlock resources to build stronger, safer neighborhoods?
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…
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…
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…
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.

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