Prosecutor Baltimore’s plan to decriminalize crime


In In late March, Baltimore’s chief prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, stepped into Mike. Announced triumphantly: “Today, the American war against drug users ends in the city of Baltimore. We leave an era of severe criminal charges and zero-tolerance crackdowns.” Mosby also prostitutes, breach, and alcohol. Allows opening of containers, urination and defecation in public places, and distribution of “attempted” drugs.

Reaction from “De-carceral” remained News media was enthusiastic as Baltimore’s violent crimes declined due to a nationwide increase last year, suggesting that a charm city state lawyer (its elected district attorney) provided the model to the country. ..

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.

Promote the success of her free experiment in a way that is reminiscent of “Hamsterdam” Story Arc At David Simon’s HBO show wireMosby to prove her claim by reducing violent crimes by 20% and property crimes by 36% since Mosby declared anyone free about so-called nuisance crimes in mid-March 2020. The statistics were sent out to. Public security. “

Mosby said she has a permanent temporary policy to exercise the prosecution’s discretion that she led. March 2020 In the midst of the first COVID-19 blockade. 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, the year before Mosby took office, Baltimore recorded 211 murders In a depressed 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 killings 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 as much as Mexico, three times as much as 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 There are four numbers for “violent crime”: murder, rape, robbery, and exacerbation of 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 percent.. 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.The trend is this year 14% decrease In a robbery in a city of similar size.

There were no violent crimes during Mosby’s tenure.In fact, it soared 33 percent Before last year. And that’s because she’s not very good at her job.She Insist publicly Astonishing 93% felony conviction rate-85% for murder, 91% for gun crime, 98% for drugs-while she claims conviction credits for less, including murder She does not say she excludes the cases she rejected. Case. If the denominator is small enough, Mosby is impressive. But the truth is more optimistic.

She drops or loses more 40 percent of her felony cases It fails to prosecute and imprison a gun criminal.Surprisingly, in 2018, Mosby Only 18 percent An example of a “felony in possession of a gun” case — 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.Analysis by Baltimore Sun Forty-three percent were put in jail for less than a year and 13% were not put in jail at all.

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 — now Contains very dangerous fentanyl.. And, contrary to Mosby’s claim that the addict would benefit from her new generosity, the deadly opioid overdose, which was already very high in Baltimore, 17% in 6 months After her order.

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.

so Tell the exchange At a city council hearing after Mosby’s announcement, a city council member asked the police secretary: 3 grams of cocaine, I don’t think you will arrest them. “

The city’s chief police officer replied, “I don’t know that a state lawyer 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!On the other hand, sex workers themselves are often dominated by Traffickers and prostitutes And there is no way to escape, and I’m addicted to hard drugs.

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 is, Baltimore police arrested Only one-third of the city’s annual killings, And depriving police officers of their eyes and ears will 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. I can do it — Drug use reduced by 72% and participant rear rest reduced by 55%. Action should bring consequences and accountability issues.

Marilyn Mosby disagrees. Her announcement came at a mysterious timing five days after the news that the federal prosecutor had convened was reported. A grand jury investigating a prosecutor and her husband, Chairman of the city council, for financial crime.

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. Previously, She attacked a city inspector Mosby, who earns $ 240,000 a year, takes advantage of private exotic and luxurious junkets (such as all-paid trips to Kenya and Portugal) between 20% of work days in 2018 and 2019. For reporting that it was. After the media found an inconsistency in Mosby’s filings, he demanded that the probe clean up her.

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.

More from National Review



Posted on