More Than Half Of Baltimore Young Black Men In Justice System


More than half of Baltimore’s African-American men in their 20s are either incarcerated or under criminal justice system supervision, the Baltimore Sun reports. The Justice Policy Institute, which favors alternatives to prison, found that 52 percent of Baltimore’s approximately 25,000 black men between 20 and 30 years old are in jail or on parole or probation.

The institute argues in its report that much of the money spent on incarceration would be better spent on drug treatment and community redevelopment. The report combines Maryland incarceration statistics with conclusions from selected sociological studies to raise questions about the efficacy of imprisonment in lowering crime.


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