LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH + DISABILITY
Gun violence is the leading cause of death and disability among young black men, ages 15-34.
$6.6 BILLION DOLLAR
Violent injury costs the healthcare system $6.6 billion dollars.
(Spitzer et al 2017)
HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE U.S.
Washington, D.C. has the highest unemployment rate for Black workers in the United States (12.4%). The unemployment rate for Black workers in Maryland is 6.7%.
(Economic Policy Institute)
72% OF PRISONS
According to the Maryland DOC, 72% of their prison population is Black, despite Black residents only making up 29.4% of the state population.
TENS OF THOUSANDS ON PAROLE AND PROBATION
As of 2016, there are approximately 72,529 people on probation; 10,305 people on parole; and 82,800 people under some form of community supervision in Maryland. In D.C., about 5,838 people are on probation; 4,025 on parole; and 9,600 are under some form of community supervision. About 28% of the probation population and 38% of the parole population are Black.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics 2018)
FEWER JOB CALLBACKS
Even when resumes are identical, Black job applicants without a criminal record are less likely to get a callback than White job applicants with a criminal record.
COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES OF A FELONY RECORD
In Maryland, a felony record will result in: a public housing ban, revocation of voting rights, ineligibility for pell grants, among 1100 other consequences.
PROFIT FROM ELECTRONIC MONITORING
While there is no fee for electronic monitoring devices in D.C., Maryland requires any individual under supervision to pay between $4-$9 per day to be monitored, after set-up fees which can range from $150-$200. Maryland taxpayers save around $25,000 per year per monitored individual using this model.
100,000 SHOT EVERY YEAR
Every year, more than 100,000 people are shot and survive their injuries. This results in a lifelong process of physical and financial burden.