• My Travels as a Tourist in My Hometown of Baltimore

    Unable to venture abroad, I approached my city as a new destination — and discovered a place of culinary wonders By Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson Last spring I was supposed to travel to the west coast of Ireland for work, and while there I planned to return to one of the Aran Islands, Inis Mór, a [...]
  • How Maryland Cut Prison Population, Repeat Crime

    Arizona State University - Crime and Justice News Maryland has succeeded in reducing its prisoner count and its crime rate simultaneously, while also cutting the rate of repeat imprisonment of former inmates, says a new report from the Open Society Institute-Baltimore and JFA Institute. The state's model is based on an incentive-based system that encourages inmates to [...]
  • She’s Got Next: Meet 30 Women Shaping Baltimore’s Future

    EDITED BY MAX WEISS WRITTEN BY RON CASSIE, LAUREN COHEN, JANELLE ERLICHMAN DIAMOND, KEN IGLEHART, CHRISTINE JACKSON, JANE MARION, MAX WEISS, AND LYDIA WOOLEVER "There are so many amazing women in Baltimore who are doing great things and working together for a cause,” says our cover model, Black Girls Vote founder and CEO Nykidra “Nyki” [...]
  • Baltimore to restart COVID relief program, distributing debit cards to 15,000 households

    By Emily Opilo After a failed start under a previous administration, Baltimore is again kicking off a $6 million program to distribute debit cards to city residents affected economically by COVID-19. The initiative, dubbed the COVID Emergency Assistance Program, is funded by the city and administered by the Open Society Institute-Baltimore. It is expected to [...]
  • Want to reduce overdoses? Give people a safe place to do drugs. | COMMENTARY

    By BALTIMORE SUN EDITORIAL BOARD The COVID-19 pandemic gives more reason for why the state should finally approve legislation creating overdose prevention sites, where people can use drugs in a safe setting staffed with medical professionals. Advocates of such sites, which already exist in 12 countries around the world, have tried for around half a [...]
  • ‘Baltimore Uprising: Have Things Changed or Remained the Same?’

    By Stacy M. Brown In 2020, community members and others reflected on the fifth anniversary of the Baltimore uprising that resulted from Freddie Gray’s death. Many have witnessed community leaders from different sectors rise to lead efforts and share their talents to promote change in their city from that uprising. As 2020 closes, the Baltimore [...]
  • UMBC professor uncovers, documents history of East Baltimore’s Lumbee Indian community

    By Stephanie García Ashley Minner included only three stops at first on the tour she created of the Lumbee Indian Community of East Baltimore: South Broadway Baptist Church, the Baltimore American Indian Center, and the Vera Shank Daycare and Native American Senior Citizens building. Then in October 2016, as she gave the tour to a group of [...]
  • Monica Cooper: ‘We were all born to be in the service of others’

    By Special to The Daily Record Adam Bednar Maryland Justice Project founder Monica Cooper created the organization to champion solutions to issues of economic justice hindering formerly incarcerated people. She knows firsthand the struggles those individuals face in earning a living and building a prosperous future for themselves and their families once their sentence is [...]
  • Opinion: It’s Time to Expand Concept, Scope of Police Reform

    By Gabriela Sevilla and Christopher Dews Maryland’s legislature will convene again in January; though anything but a typical year, bills will be introduced to reform the criminal justice system. Many bills, as currently drafted, focus on the important issue of police reform – which has received much deserved attention in recent months. But a critical [...]
  • Baltimore Civil Rights Organizer Betty Robinson Dies

    By CBS Baltimore Staff A well-known civil rights organizer from Baltimore has died. Betty Garman Robinson died over the weekend, OSI-Baltimore tweeted. She was 81 years old.  According to a biography on the Baltimore City Office of Equity and Civil Rights’ website, Robinson worked in public health and occupational health. She also spent two years [...]