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Arthur Holt was convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy of first-degree murder, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and possession of a handgun with felony conviction following the death of Dontrell Toliver. Read more.

Many fear any interaction with these teens because they are reminders of everything people who are visiting the city for a day or an evening of dining and entertainment would rather forget about Baltimore. Read more.

The Baltimore Police Department’s Special Investigations Response Team and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office are investigating the death of a man who died Thursday after being handcuffed by police. Baltimore Police said Eastern District officers responded to the 2400 block of Sherwood Avenue for an overdose at about 11:17 a.m. Thursday. Police said they found a man in medical distress being restrained by a bystander. Another bystander administered Narcan, an overdose-reversing medication, after police arrived. Read more.

When Jay’den Franklin-Williams rolled her wheelchair up to the witness stand in Baltimore Circuit Court last month, she later said, she hadn’t decided what she would say about the young man she previously accused of shooting her and the woman she told police had yelled out “Shoot.” Read more.

"None of them are playing the role of the defendant and that is intentional. We don't want to see our young people being a part of the criminal justice system. We want to get to our young people before they get to the criminal justice system and so they are important stakeholders within it," said Marilyn Mosby. Read more.

Ms Constance pointed to the Baltimore strategy “in which they stopped prosecuting for low-level drug offences, and only six out of 1,400 diverted drug cases were involved in re-offending". She added that Scotland has “to think big, bold and radical” in order to halt the soaring number of drug deaths. Read more.

As a former prosecutor, George Brauchler knows that DAs don’t create crime; we combat it. Protecting public safety and holding violent criminals accountable is my top priority and the priority of every single prosecutor in the Denver District Attorney’s Office. In his most recent opinion piece, Brauchler makes several wild claims and lobs a few accusations that have no basis in fact or reality. It is an election year after all and nationwide, Republicans are staying on message and accusing Democrats of causing the national spike in crime. Their intention is to scare voters into electing their candidates. To be clear, there is zero evidence that progressive policies are what’s driving the nation’s crime increase, zero. Read more.

"Until we get serious about the root causes of poverty and the inequity, then we are going to have people of all ages and all races, having to hustle and make risky choices," Mosby said. "In most instances, just to survive." Read more. 

Prosecutors have to work with the police, the courts and their own staff, including longtime attorneys for whom a “progressive” approach represents a turnaround from the way they have practiced in the past, says criminal law professor David Alan Sklanksy of Stanford Law School. No matter their pledges, he adds, almost all have experienced pushback. Melba Pearson, a former prosecutor in Miami-Dade County and current co-chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Prosecution Function Committee, says supporters of a progressive approach have sometimes been frustrated with the slow pace of change. “People don’t understand that progress doesn’t happen overnight,” she says. Read more.

After a deadly confrontation between a group of squeegee workers and a baseball bat-wielding driver earlier this month reignited a long-standing political debate about poverty, structural racism and public safety in Baltimore, officials expressed widespread agreement that addressing the root causes of panhandling is a monumental task — one the city needs to prioritize. Read more.