By now it’s clear the zero-tolerance, lock-them-up crime fighting strategies of the past have done little to stop the violence in Baltimore, where murders have topped 300 for the past six years straight. Instead, they created a system where even low-level offenders cycled in and out of prison, saddled with criminal records that left no real hope of getting an honest job that would allow a different way of life. For many, crime became a career because they saw few other options.
Editorial: Don’t forget policing in Baltimore public safety plan
March 17, 2021