This country locks up more of its citizens than any other country in recorded history. Yup. More and more these people are locked up for non-violent drug offenses. They are predominantly black males, and the rise in arrests does not reflect the drop in crime statistics across the country. The Occupy Movement has organized a national day of Detention Center Occupations, and Baltimore is no exception. There will be a noise demonstration at the Baltimore City Detention Center against the system that locks up our family and friends on Monday, February 20th at 8pm. If you're interested meet at William F. Sugar Cain Athletic Field (E. Madison and Ensor) at 8pm. I would be there if I could, but hopefully this event will be well attended and participants will bring the noise...
Occupy4Prisoners - Outlines the national movement.
The Justice Policy Institute did a phenomenal study of Baltimore's detention center in the Summer of 2010. A highly recommended read to get the low-down on the numbers behind the bars.
Occupy Baltimore - While the event isn't on their calendar, a lot of these people will likely be there.
The New Yorker published an interesting article examining the social dynamics behind why we imprison so many people in this country just last month.