The Maryland State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recently met to discuss reasons for why there happens to be a disproportionate number of blacks incarcerated in Maryland prisons. The numbers of prisoners in Maryland has nearly tripled during the past thirty years, and one in nine young black men between the ages of 20 and 34 are now in jail.
A recent Maryland arrest leading to a variety of drug charges demonstrates why every crime is unique and requires individual attention. Police were called one afternoon to a parked car where a man was sitting inside and probably sleeping. When police approached the vehicle, they indeed did find the man sleeping and observed assorted pills spread throughout the vehicle's interior. Police then woke the man and charged him with possession of Oxycodone and Alprazolam.