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Proposal: link between crime, poverty, and drugs

if poverty rates went down then crime would go down. If crime goes down then the economy gets a boost. which then allows people to work for more money and help get them out of poverty. 

The Issue

Problem Defined

there is a huge problem in not only Cumberland but also the country. this problem is drugs, crime and poverty. when people fall into poverty they tend to turn to crime and with that crime there is even a greater risk of them developing a drug addiction.

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crime rates MORE

 “there is roughly 19,707 people in Cumberland. Also 1 in 131 people in Cumberland has been or will be a victim in a violent crime.” (https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/md/cumberland/crime). "The overall crime rate in Cumberland is 155% higher than the national average."(https://www.areavibes.com/cumberland-md/crime/) The crime rates are up due to the town losing major factory jobs. people do not know where to go to find help for their families so they turn to crime. Unfortunately Cumberland has many opportunities to commit crimes. 

poverty rates MORE

“ The poverty rate in Cumberland is 24.4%. One out of every 4.1 residents of Cumberland lives in poverty.” (https://www.welfareinfo.org/poverty-rate/maryland/cumberland). With losing the major factory jobs many people are left to figure out how to support their own family will either no income or only one job. 


"Cumberland has an unemployment rate of 5.7%. The US average is 3.9%.Cumberland has seen the job market decrease by -0.1% over the last year. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 24.6%, which is lower than the US average of 33.5%." (https://www.bestplaces.net/economy/city/maryland/cumberland)

drugs MORE

there has been 180 non fatal overdoes in Cumberland. this number is only through September. there was also roughly 257 Naloxone administered in Cumberland. (http://www.prescribechangeallegany.org/state-and-local-stats.html) When people fall in to crime a drug addiction tends to follow right behind. Drug dealers are able to raise their prices in Cumberland. this is mainly due to how in demand drugs are. 

whats being done. MORE

“Allegany County received $124,612 to educate and provide outreach about the growing crisis of opioid prescription drugs and heroin misuse in the community, reduce the illicit supply of opioids, support peer-recover services and increase availability of naloxone for first responders. The county also received $440,000 to provide stress and trauma relief training to addiction and detention programs, educators and health care workers across the county and received $205,000 to support the sheriff's office's ability to educate the community on opioids.”(https://www.times-news.com/news/local_news/governor-s-office-announces-m-in-grants-to-fight-drug/article_5e00f25d-5c4d-5293-9db6-1f1cb0e685ac.html)

Economy in Cumberland, Maryland

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"Cumberland has an unemployment rate of 5.7%. The US average is 3.9%.Cumberland has seen the job market decrease by -0.1% over the last year. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 24.6%, which is lower than the US average of 33.5%."

Governor's office announces $10M in grants to fight drug epidemic

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“Allegany County received $124,612 to educate and provide outreach about the growing crisis of opioid prescription drugs and heroin misuse in the community, reduce the illicit supply of opioids, support peer-recover services and increase availability of naloxone for first responders..."

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Crime In Cumberland MD

SeeClickFix - (April 25, 2018)


“Crime in Cumberland, MD 

I have found that Cumberland is one of the most dangerous places to live in Maryland. The problem is directly related to the opioid/heroine epidemic.  Technology for other areas has helped this issue..."  


I am in my second year at Allegany College of Maryland. I am a Psychology major planning to move on to a four year college for forensic psychology. 

ShiAnn Davis
Diane McMahon
Associate Professor of Sociology - Allegany College of Maryland
I am a sociology professor at Allegany College of Maryland, which is located in Cumberland, MD. I also work as the Faculty Director of the Service Learning and Civic Engagement (SLCE) Center at the college. I have worked in a variety of professions in my past that focuses on helping the homeless. Most recently I was the director of a peace and justice organization in Pittsburgh.

I am a great supporter of the work of TheChisel.com because it helps raise up topics that students and community members can work on together, in a bi-partisan manner, to address.

The Solution

Proposed Actions
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business MORE

More businesses need to come into Cumberland before anything can truly change. With out a boost in the economy there is now realistic way for people to leave behind their current poverty status.Also with these new businesses the tourism could increase severely and even be a reason people move into town. 

program MORE

A program between officers and kids 1-18 years old would be beneficial. This is also going to build trust between officers and the next generation. Also there's a possibility once the trust is built the kids may turn in to confidential informants of crimes in their homes and neighborhood. People need to feel safe when cops are around and due to the facebook and news videos that doesn't really happen. Cumberland police need to take steps to show they can be trusted.

town MORE

The community needs to come together at a meeting to discuss ideas for the drug problem here in town. There also needs to be less of a disconnect between the officials and the towns people.After asking a few family members and friends I realized many people did not know that we got a new mayor. the town needs to be brought together before it divides permanently. 

Expected Results
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jobs MORE

with the new jobs the economy gets better and not only due citizens get more money but also the local government. the local government could use the extra money to put into cleaning up Cumberland or even assisting in the drug epidemic here in Cumberland.

crime and drugsMORE

with the police program the crime rates would go down. The kids that are 14 and yup tend to have the pressure of helping the family stay afloat. Due to this crime is a very good way to make the money they need. Once someone shows them how to make legal money and even show them love the rate of the child committing a crime would go down significantly. there's is also a huge chance that this will prevent kids from doing drugs and maybe encourage them to report the crime and drugs they see. 


there needs to be roughly $50,000 given to the police program. while another $50,000 for the town to have more meetings and also training many people in town to use narcan and basic CPR. some of the town money needs to be set aside to cover any cost that the participants do not pay. I would say the people that wish to be trained should pay at least 10% of any cost. the runner of this could rent or even barrow the dummies and masks from AC. also a part of the money needs to go to more and better advertisement. For the business there does not need to be a budget. this part is more of making contact with big business and attempting to sell them on why they should open a business here. 

The Conversation

5 months ago
These topics are super important to me. I have family living in poverty, addicted to a substance and even ones that have turned to a life of crime. I was also very close to becoming apart of all the statistics I have mentioned in this proposal. Before I was born my mother became an addict to prescription medicine. Luckily she did the right thing quite using while pregnant with me. she has stated that she started using it again when I was about 6 months old. the reason she used them how she did was that she wanted to sleep. around the age of two her and my father gor divorced. luckily my grandparents agreed to take us in. it was meant to be a temporary thing but we have been there for about 17 years. If my grandparents did agree to take us in we would have been living in a shelter. my mom didn't get clean till I was 11 years old. a lot is covered for us since we live with my grandparents but we still are rationing our money. once I saw all the data I realized how blessed I am for all the opportunities I have been given because my grandparents took me in. the point of this whole story is for people to realize they are truly blessed and there is always someone who will be less fortunate. Its time this city and country step up and help the people that are doing wrong just to make ends meet.

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