Baltimore Crime Rate Unaffected by Less Prosecution of Crime

Study Shows No Increase after Decision Not to Prosecute Low-Level Crimes

Baltimore Crime Rate Unaffected by Less Prosecution of CrimeA study conducted by Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, concluded that the 2020 decision by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to stop prosecuting most drug possession and prostitution crimes has not led to an increase in the city’s crime rate. According to the report, there has been no meaningful increase in citizen-filed complaints related to drug possession or prostitution, and no evidence of any additional risk to public safety.

Gathering data over a 14-month-period, the study found that only six of those defendants who had prostitution or drug possession charges dropped were subsequently arrested for any type of violent crime.

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Over the last 30+ years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has aggressively protected the rights of people in Baltimore and across the state of Maryland who are under investigation for or have been charged with a criminal offense. He’s listed among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by SuperLawyers and The American Lawyer Magazine tabbed him as a Top Rated Lawyer in 2012. The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” organization, has also ranked him as one of the top 100 attorneys in Maryland.

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At the law offices of Jonathan Scott Smith, we fight for the rights of criminal defendants throughout Baltimore County and the surrounding communities. Contact us online or call 410-740-0101 to arrange a meeting. We handle cases throughout Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.


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