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Strategies That Keep Teenagers’ Lives on Track

Apr 25, 2014

Kathryn Edin
Nearly one in five black men in their twenties in Baltimore is incarcerated. That’s according to a 2005 study from the Justice Policy Institute. What effect does that have on the city’s neighborhoods? How does it affect a neighborhood’s health? What’s the key to keeping people out of the criminal justice system? 

Those are some of the questions that will be asked Monday at an all-day symposium on the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus called “Squandered Resources: Incarceration--Its Consequences, Costs, and Alternatives.” 

One of the panelists at the symposium will be sociologist Kathryn Edin. She’s a noted poverty researcher and distinguished professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Sheilah Kast talks with her about her research on disadvantaged Baltimore youth. 

Speakers at the event will include Congressman Elijah Cummings, as well as ex-offenders and public health researchers. You can register to attend at the symposium website.