Baltimore Will No Longer Prosecute Drug Possession & Prostitution

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Baltimore has decided that it doesn’t have time for low-level crime.

This week, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that the city will no longer prosecute low-level offenses like drug possession, prostitution, and minor traffic violations.

The change first started during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to prevent jails from being crowded by low-level offenders and to slow the spread of the coronavirus behind bars, and now NBC News reports the data showed there is no public benefit to jailing those who commit low-level offenses.

Since the policy was first introduced, violent crime has dropped 20 percent and property crime is down 36 percent.

“Clearly, the data suggest there is no public safety value in prosecuting low-level offenses,” Mosby said during a press conference. “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.”

This seems like the kind of policy that more big cities could get behind after checking the numbers and data for themselves.

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