Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 8/26/2017

South Baltimore—The Office of the State’s Attorney hosted its final #PopUp event of the summer on Friday. The SAO hosted 100 youth at Cherry Hill’s Aquatic Center. The event was sponsored in partnership with Mayor Catherine Pugh, Office of City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks, and DTLR.

This summer, the PopUp events took place on Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. — a time frame experts identified as most likely for a violent crime to occur.

All “Pop Ups” were free to attendees under the age of 18, and included complimentary entrance to the venue, access to all of its activities, and food.

Highlights from the #PopUp series include:

  • More than 2,500 youth (aged 18 or younger) participated
  • Partnerships with 31 private, government, and non-profit organizations
  • 25% of the attendees came from Western District—the police district with the most homicides this year

“When we look back at the stats we can say that our efforts made a measurable difference,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “It was heartening to see so many of Baltimore’s government agencies and public and private sector partners coming together to make an impact.”

Under the Mosby Administration, the Office for the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City has made youth programming a priority through the Crime Control and Prevention Unit by developing programs that introduce the city’s youth to the criminal justice system through positive aspects and professions in hopes that they will not enter the system as a defendant.

The Junior State’s Attorney (JSA) program concluded earlier this month with its third annual mock trial competition. The event was a culmination of a six-week summer program dedicated to exposing current and rising 9th graders from Baltimore City Public Schools to careers criminal justice and government professions. This year, the SAO partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development’s Youth Works Initiative to employ 45 Baltimore City youth through this program. Throughout the upcoming school year, the SAO will host monthly “meet ups” to stay connected with the 2017 JSA class.

During this upcoming school year, the Great Expectations program— a ten-month program that introduces 4th grade Baltimore City Public School students to professions within the criminal justice system—will expand to three schools. Through this initiative, students are visited by State’s Attorney Mosby and other SAO staff, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, members of the Baltimore City Fire Department, Judges,members of the Office of the Public Defender, and other Baltimore City leaders.