As public perception shifts about whether the "war on drugs" has succeeded, as prison populations rise to unprecedented and costly levels, political experts say some candidates across the country have traded a tough-on-crime attitude for a more nurturing approach. All three Democrats in Maryland's primary race for governor are emphasizing plans for re-entry programs to help inmates become successful members of their communities. At forums, in policy papers, to community groups and on the
By By Erin Cox and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun
Sixty years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in 21 states was unconstitutional, 10 percent of the schools in Maryland remain segregated, nearly all of them in Baltimore City and Prince George's County.
By By Liz Bowie and Erica L. Green and The Baltimore Sun
As prosecutors across Maryland wait for the new law that will remove criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana, they're taking a patchwork approach in the way they handle such cases.
The Baltimore-based NAACP will lay off 7 percent of its national staff as it continues to search for a permanent leader, a decision the civil rights organization says is necessary because of financial concerns.
Late in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film "Pulp Fiction," Marsellus Wallace — a criminal boss played by Ving Rhames — banishes prizefighter Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) from Southern California, telling him "You lost all your L.A. privileges."
Walter Amprey, former Baltimore schools superintendent who served from 1991 to 1997, died of complications of a heart transplant Tuesday afternoon at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 69.
I have been continually disappointed by Mr. Doug Gansler's persistent ad hominem attacks on Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown and his readiness for office. I had hoped Mr. Gansler would change tacks and stick to the issues after the two of us spoke in January. I can see that my hope was misplaced.
Last year U.S. publishers released an estimated 5,000 books for children and teens. Now, here's a quick quiz. How many of them were written or illustrated by African-Americans or were about black people or other non-whites? 400? 500? Guess again.
Police are offering a reward for information on a suspect in last week's killing of a 17-year-old, soon-to-be Edmondson-Westside High School graduate who was a member of the school's Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, played baseball and baritone horn and was as a youth ambassador and peer mediator.
At 53 years old in 1972, Jackie Robinson died much too soon. Too soon to receive his presidential Medal of Freedom, too soon to see his friend Dr. King recognized with a national holiday, and too soon to witness the election of the first black president. Yet, Robinson deserves recognition not only for his athletic accomplishments, but also for his commitment to justice. The price of a baseball ticket is a nice gesture toward such recognition, but emulating Robinson's approach, as we seek to
In our democratic system, power lies in numbers, and those numbers are in favor of the civil and human rights community more and more each year. The Mason-Dixon Line still sits north of the Maryland border, but Maryland is not seceding from the South; it is demonstrating the South's future.
More than 200 pigeons had taken up residence on the roofs of the courthouse and the Masonic Temple buildings in Bel Air 50 years ago this week. To address the problems the pigeon populations were causing, including defaced buildings and the diseases that birds carry, the town commissioners decided to adopt the "Indianapolis Plan."
The electorate's changing views about marijuana laws were on display in Annapolis Thursday as a candidate for governor, a leading official of the NAACP and a former Maryland State Police major were among dozens of Marylanders calling for legalization or decriminalization of the
Arthur Turco had defended members of the Black Panther Party across the country, but it was in Baltimore that he would be arrested and jailed — on charges that he and members of the militant group in 1969 had killed a suspected police informant within their ranks.
Gregory Lawrence, the first African-American to lead the BWI Airport fire and rescue department as acting chief, was terminated Wednesday amid complaints from black leaders that the agency is not diverse enough.
Former Black Panther leader and convicted cop killer Marshall "Eddie" Conway was released Tuesday after four decades behind bars, after striking an agreement with prosecutors that his trial was unfair because of the way judges explained the law to juries in old cases.
By By Justin Fenton, Ian Duncan and Justin George and The Baltimore Sun
A national black firefighters association and African-American leaders in Anne Arundel County are criticizing state officials for allowing an all-white class of firefighter recruits at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.