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Life in Freddie Gray’s childhood neighborhood by the numbers

On NewsHour Weekend Saturday, we bring you “Sandtown by the Numbers,” a special series of reports on life in Sandtown-Winchester, the impoverished Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray grew up and was arrested on April 12.

Gray sustained a spinal injury while in police custody, and eventually succumbed to his injuries a week later.

On Friday, Gray’s death was ruled a homicide and Maryland’s state attorney said charges would be brought against the six officers involved in his arrest.

Last week, much of Baltimore was consumed by peaceful protests as well as increasingly violent riots as criticism emerged over the police officers’ alleged conduct upon arresting the 25-year-old.

While Gray’s death initially sparked the demonstrations, protesters also expressed frustration over a lack of economic opportunity as well as entrenched inequality among community members living in many of Baltimore’s once-vibrant neighborhoods.

Here’s a look at what life is like in Sandtown according to statistics:

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Poverty in Sandtown. Credit: Lisa Overton/NewsHour Weekend

The poverty rate in Sandtown is over 30 percent, according to the most recent statistics available. Credit: Lisa Overton/NewsHour Weekend

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The unemployment rate in Sandtown is over three times the national average, according to the most recent statistics available. Credit: Lisa Overton/NewsHour Weekend

The incarceration rate in Sandtown is significantly higher than the national average, according to recent statistics. Credit: Lisa Overton/NewsHour Weekend

The incarceration rate in Sandtown is significantly higher than the national average, according to recent statistics. Credit: Lisa Overton/NewsHour Weekend

The juvenile arrest rate in Sandtown is much higher than the national average. Credit: Lisa Overton/NewsHour Weekend

The juvenile arrest rate in Sandtown is much higher than the national average. Credit: Lisa Overton/NewsHour Weekend

Life expectancy at birth in Sandtown is more than a decade less than the national average, according to recent statistics. Credit: Lisa Overton/NewsHour Weekend

Life expectancy at birth in Sandtown is more than a decade less than the national average, according to recent statistics. Credit: Lisa Overton/NewsHour Weekend

The teen birth rate in Sandtown is over 100 births per 1,000 people, compared to the national rate of just over 26. Credit: Lisa Overton/NewsHour Weekend

The teen birth rate in Sandtown is over 100 births per 1,000 people, compared to the national rate of just over 26. Credit: Lisa Overton/NewsHour Weekend

The infant mortality rate in Sandtown is more than three times the national average. Credit: Lisa Overton/NewsHour Weekend

The infant mortality rate in Sandtown is more than three times the national average. Credit: Lisa Overton/NewsHour Weekend

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