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Maryland Leads US In Holding African Americans Behind Bars

Dec 10, 2019

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A recent report by the Justice Policy Institute finds that Maryland imprisons African Americans at twice the national rate. More than 7 out of 10 prisoners in Maryland are African American, while the national average is 3 in 10.

Ryan King, the report’s author, says disparate treatment occurs at every level, from arrest to prosecution to sentencing. Read the report here.

And Gregory Carpenter, who spent two decades behind bars, describes how lengthy sentences for young black men disrupt families and whole communities.