The Baltimore Prosecutor’s Plan to Decriminalize Crime

Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby speaks on the violence of officers involved in the arrest of a man who later died of injuries he sustained while in custody in Baltimore, Md., May 1, 2015. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)
Marilyn Mosby’s misleading stats, shamelessness, and incompetence wreak havoc.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n late March, Baltimore’s chief prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, stepped to the microphone and triumphantly announced: “Today, America’s war on drug users is over in the city of Baltimore. We leave behind the era of tough-on-crime prosecution and zero-tolerance policing.” Mosby will also allow prostitution, trespassing, open alcoholic containers, urinating and defecating in public, and “attempted” drug distribution.

The reaction from the “de-carceral” left and news media was effusive, suggesting that Charm City’s state’s attorney (its elected district attorney) had offered the nation a model, since Baltimore’s violent crime dropped last year as it rose nationally.

The truth is that Mosby’s plan, which

Sean Kennedy is a visiting fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank based in Rockville, Md., where he studies crime and justice issues.


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