Baltimore will stop prosecuting prostitution, hard drug possession, and low-level crimes. This effort is made to curb the spread of COVID-19 behind bars. With this, jail populations will reduce. Almost all categories of crime have reduced since the pandemic began.
Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore State’s Attorney, stopped drug possession and prostitution prosecution when the pandemic started in 2020. The attorney announced on Friday that she would make this action permanent.
Mobsy maintained that for years, Baltimore had been notorious for rough policing and runaway violence. She further said that she realized there is a 20% decline in violent crime and a 36% decline in property crime since she ordered scaled-back enforcement.
Johns Hopkins University’s researchers discovered there has been a sharp reduction in calls made to police about prostitution and drugs. Over the past year, enforcement of low-level crimes has declined in several parts of the US. However, Baltimore didn’t experience an increase in violence.
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Our understanding is that the police are going to follow what they’ve been doing for the past year, which is not arresting people based on the offenses I mentioned.Mobsy
At the news conference that was held on Friday, Mobsy was asked some questions about an investigation into her campaign finances and also her husband’s finances. Her attorney said the investigation is “politically motivated.”
Law enforcement in Baltimore will work with Baltimore Crisis Response Inc, a local nonprofit, to render services to individuals suffering from drug addiction, homelessness, and mental illness.