The Criminalization of Poverty: How to break the cycle through policy reform in Maryland


Maryland's Job Opportunities Task Force has released a new report title "The Criminalization of Poverty: How to break the cycle through policy reform in Maryland." The 104-page document details how Maryland policies perpetuate the criminalization of its most vulnerable residents.

The report found that Maryland is criminalizing poverty in numerous ways:

  • Debtors' Prisons

  • Law Enforcement Policies

  • The Cash Bail System

  • Limited Expungement

JOTF examines how these policies, and more, disparately impact the poor and people of color, creating a vicious cycle of poverty that has been criminalized through Maryland's current laws.

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