Black Drugs Matter
From The ODA Blog
Tags: baltimore drug arrests, baltimore police, black lives matter, ex-offenders, maryland general assembly, maryland manufacturing, opendooramerica, poverty, war on drugs, workforce development, baltimore
Yes . . . Black Drugs Matter . . .
Despite ample and consistent data that whites are more likely than blacks to use illicit drugs, HRW finds:
"Black adults are more than two-and-a-half times as likely as white adults to be arrested for drug possession. In 2014, black adults accounted for just 14 percent of those who used drugs in the previous year but close to a third of those arrested for drug possession. In the 39 states for which we have sufficient police data, black adults were more than four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white adults."
Sadly, Maryland leads the nation in total drug arrests. According to the Human Rights Watch, 700 Marylanders per 100,000 people are arrested each year for drug possession compared with the lowest-arrest state of Vermont with just 77 per 100,000. Something to ponder, Maryland General Assembly.
When they come home from prison, our Constitution says they've paid their debt to society.
Open Door Baltimore, a nonprofit that fights poverty by working with businesses to provide living-wage jobs, is expanding beyond the beltway. To better reflect the organization’s larger mission, the board of directors recently approved a new identity and logo.Read More