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Maryland State Senate Panel Briefed on Disparity in Incarceration

Hannah Gaskill Maryland Matters
While only 31% of Maryland residents are black, more than 70% of Maryland’s prison population is black, a percentage that is more than twice the national average. And about 80% of people serving 10 years or more in Maryland prisons are black.

Criminal Justice Fees and Fines Don’t Work

Michael Crowley, Tim Lau, Matthew Menendez Brennan Center for Justice
Courts have grown more dependent on fees and fines for revenue. But enforcing them is expensive — and we don’t even know the true costs.

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The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts. Prophets Of Rage | Made With Hate. The Amazing Brains and Morphing Skin of Octopuses. AOC, Tiffany Cabán and the Struggle for a People's DA in Queens. These Photos Ended Child Labor in the US.

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Teachers Urge Divestment from Private Prisons

Negin Owliaei Inequality.org
As the movement for justice in education grows, divesting from prison profiteers is a concrete way educators can join the call to end mass incarceration.

First Step Act Has Sinister Implications for the Poor and Marginalized

Candice Bernd Truthout
The modest sentence reductions in the bill are so narrow that veteran reform advocates say the long-term, harmful provisions of the legislation — including its reliance on racist risk assessment mechanisms and expansion of electronic monitoring...
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