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2017 Week Six: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

ANTHONY BOUTROS | FREESTATE JUSTICE Despair or falling in love? The Beyoncé rule? The first annual FreeState Justice game night extravaganza! Waking up at 8:00 a.m. to catch an 8:30 a.m. public bus just so I can walk four blocks in the smoldering temperatures of a Baltimore summer heat wave…
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2017 Week Four: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

CLARISSA CHEN | MADE IN BALTIMORE, OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY Working for the government is strange. I remember hearing the names of non-profit after non-profit being announced during orientation week, collecting in my mind a list of places my peers would be working over the summer. “The government’s policies oppress us,”…
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2017 Week Three: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

ANTHONY BOUTROS | FREESTATE JUSTICE Senator VanHollen. Mayor Pugh. City Council Members. Maryland State Delegates. Me? I walked into Senator VanHollen’s Central Baltimore Office for its grand opening wearing a suit with a red tie my boss had kindly let me borrow. The exuberant staff welcomed me and gave me…
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2017 Week Two: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

ANTHONY BOUTROS | FREESTATE JUSTICE – WEEK 2 Midnight irony! I entered the emergency room, my hand gripping the lower right quadrant of my abdomen. I looked around the crowded room filled with loud grunts and the subdued sobs of people accustomed to their pain. Suddenly, their groans and faces…
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2017 Week One: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

ANTHONY BOUTROS | FREESTATE JUSTICE Towering buildings merged with an endless green landscape on the horizon each time I looked out of my office window. The air was still and quiet, interrupted solely by the buzzing of the printer in the adjacent copy room. There was a sense of peace…
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