Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced last Friday that the city of Baltimore is going to permanently suspend the prosecution of prostitution cases, along with drug possession, minor traffic offenses, and other “quality of life crimes.”
A report from TheBlaze, says that Mosby had previously stated the policy was a temporary measure that was supposedly designed to help slow the spread of the coronavirus among the police force in the city and the prison population. But in Friday’s press conference, Mosby stated that the policy had lowered the rate of violent crimes in Baltimore, and proved that her vision of what she considers “criminal justice reform” actually worked, therefore, this policy would now be permanent.
You can guarantee the bad guys all over the city are extremely happy to hear this news.
Mosby also claimed that since the policy went into effect, the rate of violent crime in the city had dropped by 20 percent and property crime decreased by 36 percent.
“Clearly, the data suggest there is no public safety value in prosecuting low-level offenses,” Mosby went on to say.
” Of course these statistics reflect merely that police have made fewer arrests for these crimes, not that they have not happened. Notably, the city’s homicide rate — which is difficult to fudge since homicides are virtually always reported — fell only very slightly from 2019, which was a record-setting year in Baltimore. Additionally, it should be noted that property and drug crimes were reported to have fallen nationwide in 2020, including in places that did not implement such policies, which suggests that the falling rate of those crimes has more to do with the existence of the pandemic (either in terms of reduced police enforcement or reduced criminal activity) than the implementation of any “criminal justice reform program.” However, it is true that the nation overall saw a large spike in homicides, aggravated assaults, and gun assaults in 2020, and Baltimore did not,” TheBlaze report said.
“Mosby, who has been a frequent and public critic of Baltimore police, claimed that the police force was on board with her program, and that they will partner with her in shifting resources to fighting violent crime and drug trafficking. “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.” She also claimed that police will work with a local non-profit to help Baltimore residents find help for problems like addiction to drugs and homelessness,” the report added.
Mosby was asked quite a few questions about the investigation during the press conference, but reports from NBC News stated that she refused to answer those questions, taking the opportunity to discuss her new policies instead.
God help Baltimore.