Partners & Resources

Baltimore City State's Attorney Office

Job Opportunities Task Force

http://www.jotf.org/

Aim to B'More  http://www.stattorney.org/aim-to-bmore

AIM to B’MORE is an innovative felony drug initiative that launched in 2015. It is for first time, nonviolent, felony drug offenders. Eligible persons have drug sales charges. The goal is for candidates to achieve employment and cease involvement with the criminal justice system. 
The mission of JOTF is to develop and advocate policies and programs to increase the skills, job opportunities, and incomes of low-skill, low-income workers and job seekers.

Goucher's Prison Education Partnership

One More One Less Mentoring

http://www.omolmentoring.org/

http://www.goucher.edu/academics/other-academic-offerings/goucher-prison-education-partnership

The Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP), a division of Goucher College, provides men and women incarcerated in Maryland with the opportunity to pursue an excellent college education.
The OMOL Mentoring Program provides mentors who promote and support positive growth among at-risk youth. The program is designed to prepare and empower underprivileged/at-risk youth to become catalyst for positive social change.

National Alliance of Mental Illness - Baltimore

Big Brothers, Big Sisters - Baltimore

http://www.biglittle.org/site/c.6pIMI1MzFjJ0H/b.6556069/k.F087/Home_Page.htm

http://namibaltimore.org/about-nami/

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. NAMI provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.
By becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, you'll be a mentor who helps guide your Little towards his or her brightest potential. And it’s fun! Bigs consistently tell us that their mentoring experience through Big Brothers Big Sisters is the most enjoyable and fulfilling thing they’ve ever done.

Out 4 Justice

The Sentencing Project

http://www.out4justice.org/

http://www.sentencingproject.org/about-us/

Out For Justice is an ex-offender, member led organization that promotes policy reform of policies that adversely affect the ex-offender re-entering into society successfully.
The Sentencing Project is a leader in changing the way Americans think about crime and punishment.Founded in 1986, it works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.
Facts About Prisons
and People in Prison
  • The number of people incarcerated in state and federal prisons increased by 13% from 1,317,300 to 1,483,900 between 2000 and 2012, although the totals have declined modestly since 2009.
  • In addition to the nearly 1.5 million people in state and federal prisons, there were 744,500 people in local jails in 2012, yielding a total incarcerated population of 2.2 million.
  • Between 2002 and 2011, state prison populations grew at an average rate of 0.8% per year, and the federal population at 3.2%.
  • Between 2009 and 2012, the number of people in American prisons decreased by 2.8%.
  • 1 in every 108 adults in America was in prison or jail in 2012.
  • 4,781,300 people were on probation or parole in 2012, for a total of 6,937,600 people in America under some form of criminal justice supervision.
  • The 2011 U.S. incarceration rate of 716 people per 100,000 population is the highest in the world.

CHARACTERISTICS OF PEOPLE IN PRISON
  • 93% of people in prison are male, 7% are female.
  • 108,722 women were in state or federal prison in 2012.
  • 38% of people in state or federal prisons were black, 35% were white, and 21% were Hispanic in 2011.
  • 1 in every 13 black males ages 30 to 34 was in prison in 2011, as were 1 in 36 Hispanic males and 1 in 90 white males in the same age group.
  • Black males have a 32% chance of serving time in prison at some point in their lives; Hispanic males have a 17% chance; white males have a 6% chance.
  • In 2011, the rate of prison incarceration for black women was 2.5 times higher than the rate for white women; the rate for Hispanic women was 1.4 times higher.
  • Nearly half (47%) of people incarcerated in state prisons in 2011 were convicted of non-violent drug, property, or public order crimes.
  • People convicted of drug offenses were 17% of state inmates in 2010 and 48% of federal prison inmates in 2011

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (from the Sentencing Project) Updated January 2014
Felony Disenfranchisement
  • A striking 6.1 million Americans are prohibited from voting due to laws that disenfranchise citizens convicted of felony offenses. Felony disenfranchisement rates vary by state, as states institute a wide range of disenfranchisement policies. (Uggen, C., Larson, L., & Shannon, S. (2016). 6 million lost voters: State-level estimates of felony disenfranchisement, 2016. The Sentencing Project.)
  • One study found that disenfranchisement policies likely affected the results of seven U.S. Senate races from 1970 to 1998 as well as the hotly contested 2000 Bush-Gore presidential election (Uggen, C. & Manza, J. (2002). Democratic contraction? Political consequences of felon disenfranchisement in the United States. American Sociological Review, 67 (6), 777-803.)
  • Disenfranchisementpolicies disproportionately impact people of color. Nationwide, one in every 13 black adults cannot vote as the result of a felony conviction, and in three states – Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia – more than one in five black adults is disenfranchised
Trends in U.S. Corrections
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