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Across Maryland, local governments are facing tough choices as they finalize their budgets for the coming fiscal year. A statewide mandate to upgrade K-12 public schools — along with a desire not to raise taxes on inflation-weary consumers — is a common lament in counties large and small. But in Baltimore, the stakes may be highest of all. That’s because Mayor Brandon Scott and members of the Baltimore City Council must decide before the month’s end how to allocate limited resources to public safety. Their decision essentially corresponds with the answer to this question: What approach works best when it comes to reducing gun violence in Baltimore? Read more.

“Baltimore is truly undergoing a renaissance, and it takes a coordinated effort to accelerate the City’s upward trajectory. We have already seen dramatic improvements in Baltimore’s public safety as a result of the state’s attorney, mayor and other local, state and federal partners working together and investing in community resources,” said Senator Cardin. “This is Team Maryland at its best, and we’re united in the work to keep Baltimore moving in the right direction.” Read more.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Schiffer heard from family members of the victims, lawyers on both sides and the convicted killer himself before handing down her sentence. Read more.

Bates spoke at a budget hearing Thursday morning before the Baltimore City Council Ways and Means Committee, citing some encouraging numbers showing declines in violent crime and increases in prosecutions. Bates said the current pacing for homicide in 2024 is 181. Read more.

"You do not get the kind of numbers and reductions without a proper relationship with city hall and the state’s attorney," said Governor Wes Moore. Read more.

It was an event hosted by Bates at Coppin State University with other city agencies participating in what they called a solution-driven conversation about crime and grime in the city. Read more.

Defense attorney Roland Harris said Daniels had no intention of killing Brogden, but went to the school to meet girls and attend the school’s football game that evening. Harris recommended a sentence of life, suspending all but 40 years—the same offer the prosecution conveyed before trial. Read more. 

Less than a month later, the prosecutor continued, police were called for a shooting at an apartment complex on the 700 block of Poplar Grove Street. Security guards told police the suspect shot at them and then went into an apartment. Williams barricaded himself in the apartment before eventually surrendering when a family member arrived. Read more.

That last image conjures up mixed emotions for many Baltimoreans. Some see themselves in these young men and women, enjoying the feeling of invincibility that comes with being young. For others, the loud bikes weaving in and out of traffic and on sidewalks are more than an annoyance– they can be frightening for both pedestrians and drivers. It is for the safety of everyone in the community, including the young people riding helmet-less and driving at break-neck speeds, that compels State’s Attorney Ivan Bates, as the top prosecutor in the City, to enforce the laws already on the books regarding dirt bike riding. Read more.

Baltimore City State's Attorney Ivan Bates released a 23-page blueprint to revamp his office and crack down on crime this summer. Bates shared his vision to rebuild the agency with a plan that not only seeks to modernize the office technologically, but also professionally -- and in tune with national prosecutorial standards. Read more.