Baltimore Homicide Rate Down in 2018

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City Still Expects More than 300 Murders This Year

For Baltimore residents concerned about the safety of their streets, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news—through mid-December, there’s been a 10% drop in the number of murders in the city, compared to 2017. The bad news—officials still expect that the total number of homicides will top 300 again.

A 64-year-old store owner died on Sunday, December 16, the 298th person to die from street violence in Baltimore in 2018. Mayor Catherine Pugh attributes the decline to the impact of the city’s safe street centers, where former criminals work to mediate disputes before they end in violence. The mayor says that, while the decrease is a good sign, there’s still a long way to go. She blames territorialism, often tied to drugs, as a major factor in the continued violence, but admits that what often starts as a battle over turf can escalate in a war of retaliation.

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For more than 30 years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has aggressively defended the rights of people facing criminal prosecution in the greater Baltimore area and across Maryland. With a comprehensive knowledge of criminal law and procedure, he’ll investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your arrest or detention, gathering evidence to support your defense, and ensuring that police officers followed constitutional requirements.

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