• Teachers vs. Prisons

    Today, The Atlantic covered outgoing Education Secretary Arnie Duncan’s proposal to reallocate funds from corrections to education—specifically in the form of raises for teachers in underprivileged schools. He specifically mentioned Baltimore. “What’s the cumulative impact of such a massive disparity of opportunity over 13 years of a child’s education?” Duncan asked. “The linkage between education, […]

  • Listen to last week’s Talking About Race event about media bias and black communities

    Last Tuesday, OSI-Baltimore was proud to host an important conversation at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in our Talking About Race series. The topic was “Media Bias and Black Communities,” and the guests included journalist Stacey Patton and Rashad Robinson of ColorofChange.org, with moderator Joseph Torres of Free Press. It was a really great conversation. […]

  • Restorative practices in Baltimore City Schools

    In a Baltimore Sun op-ed today, Megan Feldman Bettencourt writes about restorative practices in City Springs Elementary/Middle School. “We can implement in our schools and communities the research-tested habits that foster the seeking and granting of forgiveness and prevent disagreements from escalating into violence,” she says. OSI-Baltimore helped to bring restorative practices to City Springs Schools and […]

  • PBS previews Anna Deavere Smith’s school-to-prison pipeline show

    On Tuesday, PBS Newshour aired a great 7-minute story about Anna Deavere Smith’s OSI-supported stage project on the school-to-prison pipeline, “Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education.” In July, Smith, the veteran actor and activist whose credits include “Nurse Jackie,” came back to her native Baltimore to conduct interviews with locals, including Kevin Moore, […]

  • Bard Prison Initiative offers inmates hope—and a chance to debate

    The Wall Street Journal’s recent article, Prison vs. Harvard in an Unlikely Debate, covers the work of the Bard Prison Initiative and their inmate debate team. Leading up to a match with Harvard’s debate team, Bard team member Alex Hall said “If we win, it’s going to make a lot of people question what goes […]

  • Stacey Patton’s eloquent opening statement at Talking About Race

    On September 29, journalist and author Stacey Patton joined Rashad Robinson of ColorofChange.org and Joseph Torres of Free Press for a panel discussion at the Enoch Pratt Free Library as part of OSI-Baltimore’s Talking About Race series, on the subject of Media Bias and Black Communities. It was a really great, pointed conversation and the […]

  • Talking About Race guests do some pre-talking around town

    The guests for tonight’s Talking About Race: Media Bias and Black Communities event at the Enoch Pratt Free Library have spent the last couple of days doing some pre-talking on local radio. Journalist Stacey Patton, who has worked for the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post, and Chronicle of Higher Education, was the guest yesterday on WYPR’s […]

  • New laws remove some employment barriers  

    Over the weekend, The Baltimore Sun covered new state laws that will allow individuals to have non-convictions and certain minor offenses (including those that are no longer crimes) removed from their records. It can be difficult for individuals with criminal records to find jobs—even if the charges were dropped or the offense minor. “Studies show […]

  • OSI-Baltimore in the news

    On Friday, the Baltimore Sun published a news story about the first round of grants from OSI-Baltimore’s Baltimore Justice Fund. It included an interview with OSI Fellow Lawrence Brown, whose organization, You’re the Quarterback, received a $25,000 grant. “We’re going to take those resources and use them right away,” said Brown, whose program, the story notes, has served 125 […]

  • Return criminal justice to the community

    Al Jazeera America recently ran an op-ed by Laura I. Appleman, associate dean of faculty research and a professor of law at Willamette University. In the op-ed, Appleman writes about the harm done when the voice of the community is removed from the criminal justice system. This exclusion of the public, she says, “is draining […]