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High incarceration may be more harmful than high crime
High incarceration may be more harmful than high crime

Recent events show that black lives in Ferguson, Staten Island and beyond are insecure, burdened by the police surveillance and criminal justice involvement that are most heavily concentrated in neighborhoods of color. Take Baltimore, for instance, which confines more of its residents than any other major city in the nation. The rate of incarceration tracks residents' level of income, defining entire neighborhoods in a U-shape that separates the downtown from the neighborhoods of Sandtown-Winchester and Middle East and Central Park Heights. Every year, about 6 percent of Baltimorians journey through Central Booking. Let us talk a little about what it means to live in a Baltimore...

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