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Prosecutor Baltimore’s plan to decriminalize crime

In late March, Baltimore’s chief prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, walked into Mike and made a triumphant announcement. “Today, the war against American drug users has ended in the city of Baltimore. We are leaving an era of severe criminal charges and zero-tolerance crackdowns.” Mosby also said prostitution, breach, and alcohol containers. Allows openness, public urination and defecation, and distribution of “attempted” drugs. “Non-murder” left-wing and news media suggesting that Baltimore’s state lawyer (elected district attorney) provided the country with a model last year as Baltimore’s violent crimes declined due to a national increase. The reaction from was exaggerated. The truth is that Mosby’s plans, which she justifies with misleading statistics and obvious omissions, promise to make the city more hellish than ever-the next person in Hollywood. A set post apocalyptic blockbuster full of devastated crime and corruption, perfect for. Mosby’s policy is not a humane alternative to vice and violence, but a recipe for human misery. A state lawyer presided over the murder capital of a large American city, with one in 300 inhabitants killed under her six-year surveillance. Mosby is convinced that the cure for Baltimore’s violent illness is to legalize outdoor drug markets, street brothels, and ground sewers. In a way reminiscent of the “Hamsterdam” story arc on David Simon’s HBO show “The Wire,” Mosby advertised the success of her free experiment, and Mosby rolled out statistics to prove her case. It was. In March 2020, when Mosby declared that anyone was free to use so-called nuisance crimes, she said it “does not threaten public safety.” In the first blockade of COVID-19, Mosby said she had a permanent policy to exercise her prosecution’s discretion in March 2020. Mosby boasted that after dismissing more than 1,400 cases and revoking another 1,400 warrants for such crimes, 18% fewer individuals were imprisoned in Baltimore than in the previous year. Mosby Miracle Worker, do you say? hold on. In fact, a year before Mosby took office, Baltimore recorded 211 murders in a city with a population of less than 600,000. This corresponds to a homicide rate of 35 per 100,000 inhabitants. Mosby heads more than 300 prosecutors each year, recording 348 murders in 2019, 59 per 100,000, an increase of 65% from 2014. Last year there were 335 murders and the city recorded 57 murders. Per 100,000 — twice that of Mexico, three times that of Guatemala and El Salvador. It still shows a 59 percent increase in homicide under Mosby. Bohemian Utopia Baltimore is not. And Mosby’s selective data hides the bloody truth of charm city crime as she manipulates the media and public understanding of what constitutes a violent crime. According to the FBI, the “violent crime” figure consists of four crimes: murder, rape, robbery, and weighted assault (including shooting). Depending on the year, the last two categories together account for 80-90 percent of all violent crimes in Baltimore or major cities. Their amount means that even the slightest change in their number will violently shake the overall violent crime rate. From March to March, robbery fell 38% in Baltimore and street robbery (the largest share of Baltimore robbery) fell 48%. This is 1,600 fewer robbers, accounting for nearly 70% of the decline in Baltimore violent crime. All robbers together account for 83% of the decline. This is not surprising. Due to the pandemic blockade and closure, stick-up artists have far fewer targets to trade. This trend is consistent with a 14% decline in robbery this year in cities of the same size. There were no violent crimes during Mosby’s tenure. In fact, it surged 33% by last year. And that’s because she’s not very good at her job. She publicly claims a staggering 93% conviction rate for serious crimes (85% for murder, 91% for gun crime, 98% for drugs), but these numbers are guilty at a lower rate. It does not state that it excludes cases dismissed while claiming credit for the judgment. , Including murder cases. If the denominator is small enough, Mosby is impressive. But the truth is more optimistic. She dropped or lost more than 40% of felony cases and failed to prosecute and imprison gun criminals. Surprisingly, in 2018 Mosby was convicted of only 18% of “felony in possession of a gun” case. This is a crime known as a precursor to violence. To make matters worse, most convicted people haven’t looked inside a prison cell for a long time, or at all, despite Maryland’s statutory minimum five-year sentence. According to Baltimore Sun’s analysis, 43% were put in jail for less than a year and 13% were not put in jail. And when it comes to murder, Mosby hasn’t had very impressive results. Of the 202 murders resolved since 2017 (1,300 murders during that period and 2,000 since becoming a state lawyer), Mosby convicted 38% and an additional 26%. I appealed. Many of these charges were less charged, including possession of guns, obstruction of justice, and light judgments, and in some cases were sentenced to months in prison. Meanwhile, Mosby’s refusal to prosecute so-called “victimless crimes” such as prostitution and drug possession obscures the dark reality of Charm City. The drug of choice is heroin, not the pot, which is now contaminated with the extremely dangerous fentanyl. And, contrary to Mosby’s claim that an addict would benefit from her new generosity, the deadly opioid overdose, which was already very high in Baltimore, surged 17 percent six months after her order. Did. However, Mosby went a step further and extended her non-indictment to “attempted distribution.” This is not a Maryland statutory term. Mosby was equally ambiguous as to whether there was a threshold of ownership. During discussions at a city council hearing after Mosby’s announcement, a city council member asked the police secretary: If you’re walking downtown with 3 grams of cocaine, you wouldn’t arrest them. The city’s chief police officer replied, “I don’t know that a state lawyer has defined a threshold other than remembering that she said she had as simple a possession as she could.” The sky is the limit! Baltimore’s DA now allows sex workers to walk down the street without fear of police harassment. Shame on taxpayer homeowners who oppose outdoor brothels clogging the streets with used condoms and lecherous men! Sex workers themselves, on the other hand, are dominated by traffickers and prostitutes and are often addicted to hard drugs, with no escape. Forcing them out of that hell may be the best thing that happens to these desperate women (and men). Traveling to city prisons gives them the opportunity to keep them away from the streets, away from the predators who hire them, and connect with social welfare. Instead, Mosby plans a larger street outreach, believing that giving a business card to a girl who probably works under the supervision of her prostitute will be a game changer. None of this even mentions how useful sex workers and junkies (and small dealers) are to police as informants and witnesses of violent crime. They know the players and gossip and can go where the police can’t. Mosby has robbed the police of their power and has the valuable information needed to catch the real bad guys. As it stands, Baltimore police arrested only one-third of the city’s annual killings, and depriving police of their eyes and ears would not make their job easier. There is a better way for both addicts and sex workers, but it requires accountability and enforcement. Formerly a judge and now Honolulu’s chief prosecutor, Steve Alm of Hawaii pioneered a program that uses “quick, reliable, and fair” imprisonment through its “tough love” model. Defendants are assessed, provided with treatment or resources, and ordered to meet specific requirements (for example, stay calm and not in trouble). Otherwise, they will immediately receive a predetermined term in prison (eg 30 days). After their imprisonment, the process begins again, but the penalties soar. It works — reduces participants’ drug use by 72% and rear rest by 55%. Action should bring consequences and accountability issues. Marilyn Mosby disagrees. Her announcement came five days after the news that a federal prosecutor had convened a grand jury to investigate the prosecutor and her husband, the chairman of the city council, on financial crimes. A self-proclaimed “agent of progressive change,” Mosby says he has been persecuted for her politics by the Justice Department of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Earlier, she attacked a city inspector and earned $ 240,000 a year, while Mosby earned $ 240,000 a year for 20% of her 2018 working days in a private exotic and luxurious junket (for example, all to Kenya and Portugal). I reported that I was doing a trip that I paid for. 2019. Don’t worry that it was Mosby who asked the probe to clear her after the media found an inconsistency in Mosby’s filings. Mosby allows criminals to act, but tries to blame others for his suffering. But the federal judge who presides over her case may not be so tolerant. In just the last five years, two former Baltimore mayors and police chiefs have faced judges for their own crimes. Decriminalizing crime only brings more misery to Baltimore. If misery loves the company, Baltimore under Mosby is the city of the company.