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Baltimore will now not prosecute drug possession, prostitution and different low-level offenses

Mosby made the announcement on Friday following her workplace’s one-year experiment in not prosecuting minor offenses to lower the unfold of Covid-19 behind bars.

“Today, America’s conflict on drug customers is over within the metropolis of Baltimore. We depart behind the period of tough-on-crime prosecution and nil tolerance policing and now not default to the established order to criminalize principally folks of coloration for dependancy, mentioned Mosby in an official press launch.

The experiment, referred to as The Covid Criminal Justice Policies, is an method to crime developed with public well being authorities. Instead of prosecuting folks arrested for minor crimes like prostitution and public urination, this system handled these crimes as public well being points and work with group companions to assist discover options.

The program has led to decreases within the total incarcerated Baltimore inhabitants by 18%, whereas violent and property crimes are down 20% and 36% respectively, in response to the press launch.

Mosby mentioned her workplace will now not prosecute the next offenses: drug and drug paraphernalia possession, prostitution, trespassing, minor site visitors offense, open container violations, and urinating and defecating in public.

Mosby mentioned she intends to refocus legislation enforcement on extra extreme offenses that plague town and have contributed to its violent status.

“When the courts open subsequent month, I would like my prosecutors working with the police and targeted on violent offenses, like armed theft, carjacking circumstances and drug distribution organizations which are the underbelly of the violence in Baltimore, not utilizing invaluable jury trial time on those who endure from dependancy,” Mosby mentioned.

Her determination was supported by Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. But Republican state Sen. Robert Cassilly instructed CNN affiliate WBFF that whereas he helps prosecutorial judgment, Mosby’s determination is nearer to creating the legislation fairly than implementing it.

“Prosecutors take an oath to uphold the structure within the state of Maryland and the structure says the final meeting units the coverage, not the prosecutors,” Cassilly told the station. “I respect the entire prosecutorial discretion. That’s not prosecutorial discretion, that is an train in legislating. That’s what the legislature is meant to do.”

Mosby mentioned the state’s lawyer’s workplace can also be working with the Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore Crisis Response Inc. (BCRI), a disaster middle coping with psychological well being and substance abuse concern, to supply providers as an alternative of arresting people committing these lesser offenses.

“Rather than arrest and prosecution, BCRI will join people with providers in areas reminiscent of psychological well being, housing, and substance use,” in response to the press launch.

Mosby’s workplace, together with Baltimore police and BCRI, will work to assist intercourse employees by partnering with native organizations like SPARC, a middle for ladies in southwest Baltimore, Baltimore Safe Haven and the Baltimore department of the Sex Workers Outreach Project.

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