John’s life is proof that second chances matter.  He also knows that far too many Marylanders, particularly Black Marylanders, don’t get that chance.

Maryland’s prison population has the worst racial disparities in the country by a wide margin — over 70% of incarcerated Marylanders are Black despite only 31% of the state’s population being Black. John will fight to correct this injustice and work to reimagine public safety.

As Governor, John will:

  • Increase investments in community-centric restorative justice programs that break cycles of incarceration through education, job training, and addiction recovery; treat people who are incarcerated with dignity; and make sure there are systems in place that properly support them when they return home.
  • Reform our sentencing system by raising the minimum age that minors can be tried in adult courts and changing our home detention system.
  • Build on policing reforms that increase trust and accountability between police and the communities they serve and increase investments in mental health support and violence prevention groups, like Safe Streets Baltimore.