Sheilah Kast http://wypr.org en Reducing Federal Drug Sentences http://wypr.org/post/reducing-federal-drug-sentences <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 100,000 people are incarcerated for federal drug crimes in the United States.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The crimes could be “manufacturing, distributing, or possessing with intent to distribute” to “acting as a principal administrator, organizer or leader of a continuing criminal enterprise.”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Those convicted of federal drug crimes can serve anywhere from a year to life in prison.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A little over a week ago, when the U.S. Sentencing Commission </span><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/thousands-of-felons-could-have-drug-sentences-lessened/2014/07/18/4876209e-0eb1-11e4-8341-b8072b1e7348_story.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">voted unanimously to reduce federal drug sentences,</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about half of those 100,000 offenders became eligible to have their sentences reviewed by a judge…which means that there is a possibility that their sentences could be reduced.</span></p></div><div> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay 502801 at http://wypr.org Reducing Federal Drug Sentences Sketches Of A Confederate P.O.W. http://wypr.org/post/sketches-confederate-pow <div>It’s the hot summer of 1864. You’re a private in the Confederate Army. You’ve been captured by the Union Army and you’re being held at Point Lookout, the North’s biggest and southern-most &nbsp;prisoner-of-war-camp at the tip of southern Maryland. What do you do?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:55:27 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502712 at http://wypr.org Sketches Of A Confederate P.O.W. Why Unaccompanied Children From Central America Are Crossing The U.S. Border http://wypr.org/post/why-unaccompanied-children-central-america-are-crossing-us-border <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An estimated 57,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed the border into the United States since last fall.&nbsp;</span>Maryland is more than 1,700 miles from the Mexican border, but the state has a strong connection with one of the Central American countries: more foreign-born&nbsp;Marylanders&nbsp;have come from El Salvador than any other country. Many of them are concentrated in Langley Park, at the northwest edge of Prince Georges County between College Park and Silver Spring.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The "Unaccompanied Alien Children Program," part of the U.S. Department of Human Service, reports that during the first six months of this year, about 2,200 unaccompanied alien children came to Maryland. &nbsp;Sponsors in the state took responsibility for them.</span></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:56 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502696 at http://wypr.org Why Unaccompanied Children From Central America Are Crossing The U.S. Border Writer Susan Sullam on Her Father's Secret Search for Nazi Plunder http://wypr.org/post/writer-susan-sullam-her-fathers-secret-search-nazi-plunder <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2177771/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">“Monuments Men,” </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the film, was based on a true story. As it became clear the allies would win World War II , President Franklin D. Roosevelt commissioned a platoon to rescue stolen art and other personal and cultural treasures plundered by the Nazis. In that platoon seven men, “Monuments Men” as they were known, embarked on what’s been called “the greatest treasure hunt in history.”&nbsp;</span></p><div><div> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:50:51 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay 502701 at http://wypr.org Writer Susan Sullam on Her Father's Secret Search for Nazi Plunder Tracking Economic and Social Change in Two Eastern Shore Towns http://wypr.org/post/tracking-economic-and-social-change-two-eastern-shore-towns <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Somerset County, the southernmost county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, was founded in 1666.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s motto for centuries has been </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Semper</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eadem</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;Latin for “Always the same.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A lot has indeed stayed the same, but even at the bottom tip of Maryland, the normal processes of time and struggles to bring about change intentionally…have had effects also. &nbsp;</span></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:48 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay 502573 at http://wypr.org Tracking Economic and Social Change in Two Eastern Shore Towns Baltimore Diversion Program Aims To Keep Prostitutes Off The Street http://wypr.org/post/baltimore-diversion-program-aims-keep-prostitutes-street <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2006, a group of residents in Baltimore’s Curtis Bay neighborhood had a problem: prostitutes stood on street corners waiting for Johns; they’d be picked up for prostitution by the police, only to return to the same streets. A task force was formed. What grew out of it was a program rooted in an approach called “problem-solving justice”. Instead of moving those facing prostitution charges through the criminal justice system, it gives &nbsp;them access to services that might keep them out of it and off the streets. It's called the Specialized Pre-Trial Diversion program. It began in 2009, within the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, and can now serve about 80 people at any given time.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:40:29 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502372 at http://wypr.org Baltimore Diversion Program Aims To Keep Prostitutes Off The Street A Year In The Life Of Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera http://wypr.org/post/year-life-court-appeals-chief-judge-mary-ellen-barbera <p><a href="http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/29ap/html/msa13717.html">Mary Ellen Barbera</a> was a public school teacher in Baltimore when she began taking night law school classes at the University of Maryland. About 30 years ago, she graduated from law school, passed the Maryland bar, and began down a path that would lead her to Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. A year ago this month, she became that court’s first female Chief Judge. She joins Sheilah&nbsp;to talk about her first year in that role.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502340 at http://wypr.org A Year In The Life Of Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera Measuring Floods in Annapolis http://wypr.org/post/measuring-floods-annapolis <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reuters news agency published</span><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/10/us-usa-sealevel-flood-idUSKBN0FF20220140710" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> its analysis </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">last week of coastal flooding along the Eastern Seaboard. &nbsp; They tracked the average number of days several East Coast cities were above flood thresholds.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:52:25 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay 502309 at http://wypr.org Measuring Floods in Annapolis How Healthy Is Baltimore's Metro Housing Market? http://wypr.org/post/how-healthy-baltimores-metro-housing-market <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Around the state, “For Sale” banners are going up, signs are being staked into front yards and open houses are taking place every weekend.&nbsp; All that’s typical for this time of year, but what’s the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">current situation for buyers and sellers?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To catch us up on how the greater Baltimore housing market is doing is Andrew </span>Strauch<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Vice President of the Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which compiles data on residential real estate. Sheilah talks with him about it.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay 502189 at http://wypr.org How Healthy Is Baltimore's Metro Housing Market? The Nation's First National Labor Strike Has Roots In Baltimore http://wypr.org/post/nations-first-national-labor-strike-has-roots-baltimore <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was just about this time on this date in 1877 that the first national strike started, and it started in Baltimore. Two dozen locomotive firemen employed by the Baltimore &amp; Ohio Railroad, refused to man the trains at Camden Yard, Mount Clare and Riverside Stations.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Within hours the work stoppage had spread to </span>Martinsburg<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, West Virginia, then to other states. Within a week, almost half the U.S. Army was deployed against more than 100,000 strikers. Before the strike collapsed two weeks later, ten citizens had been killed in Baltimore alone.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:55:14 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502236 at http://wypr.org The Nation's First National Labor Strike Has Roots In Baltimore