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A call on state congressional delegations to speed COVID-19 economic relief; a gap in trapping pollution impacts communities of color.


2020Talks - November 25, 2020 


CORRECTED 2:30pm MST 11/25 - Linda Thomas-Greenfield would be the second Black woman in US UN Ambassador role, Susan Rice was the first. Biden nominees speak; how can social media spread less misinformation and be less polarizing. *2020Talks will not be released 11/26 & 11/27*

Public News Service - MD: Juvenile Justice

Hundreds of youth detention centers in the United States have closed in the past 20 years, with states moving toward alternative rehabilitation efforts. A coalition that includes prosecutors and corrections officials says that trend should continue. (Adobe Stock)

BALTIMORE -- Dozens of prosecutors and corrections officials are calling for youth prisons across the country to close permanently. Their message coincides with a new report on the operating costs of these facilities, and they point to efforts in Maryland as progress. With fewer young people enteri

The national average of state prison populations that are African-American is 32%, according to a new report. (Adobe iStock)

BALTIMORE -- While racial disparities in imprisonment in the U.S. have decreased overall, Maryland's is on the rise, according to a new report. More than 70% of the state's prison population is black, compared with about 30% of the state population. This is the highest percentage of imprisoned A

The LGBT community in Maryland is praising the state's high court, saying it protects parent-child relationships. (Jeremy Womack)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The LGBT community in Maryland is celebrating a decision last week by the state's highest court. It ruled unanimously in favor of recognizing the status of parents who lack a biological or adoptive relationship with their children. The case centered around Michael Conover, a transge

Moms are mobilizing across the country to fight for changes in the juvenile-justice system.  (justicenotjails.org)

BALTIMORE – More than 50,000 moms across the country spent Mother's Day without their child because he or she is locked up in jail or prison. A new report by the Institute for Policy Studies says many mothers have taken the pain of separation and turned it into activism. Former Baltimore r

Maryland saw its number of juveniles in detention facilities go up between 2007-2011, while the nation as a whole saw a big drop. (Virginia Carter)

BALTIMORE - The Youth First Initiative identifies a long list of youth detention facilities, about 80 locations across the country, that it says need to be closed, in a new report. The campaign's President and CEO Liz Ryan says even closing these youth prisons isn't a big enough step. She thinks t

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