For The Culture With Farajii: Baltimore will no longer prosecute low-level, non-violent offenses
BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — After a year-long experiment with the Covid Criminal Justice Policies, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby says the city will no longer prosecute low-level, non-violent offenses.
Mosby's office says, "The policies enacted over the past year have resulted in a decrease in arrests, no adverse impact on the crime rate, and address the systemic inequity of mass incarceration".
Last year, Mosby authorized the policies in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in prison and jails.
“The Baltimore Police Department continues to work collaboratively with the State’s Attorney Office to focus on violent crimes and reducing violence in our city,” said Commissioner Michael Harrison. “We will continue to be responsive to the public safety needs of our residents and hold violent criminals accountable.”
The low-level, non-violent offenses include:
- CDS (drug) possession
- Attempted distribution CDS
- Paraphernalia possession
- Minor traffic offenses
- Open container
- Rogue and vagabond
- Urinating/defecating in public
For results of the policies, click here.
Farajii Muhammad weighs in on the topic
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SAO, Mayor’s Office, and Community Partners Announce Success of Covid Criminal Justice Policies-City Will Take New Progressive Direction on Arrests and Prosecution of Minor Offenses - New Community Partnerships Formed to Refer People to Support Services https://t.co/GRWtg5QGG4 pic.twitter.com/LDCeiYXYXY— Baltimore SAO (@BaltimoreSAO) March 26, 2021