Smart On Crime: The New Public Safety
Maryland's strategy of mass incarceration has failed to make us safe. It has only created lifetime criminals by reinforcing the cradle-to-prison pipeline. It is time for a new approach toward public safety. Instead of throwing money at crime's consequences, we must sharpen our focus on prevention.
By making law enforcement work for all communities, enacting common sense gun laws, and investing in affirmative opportunities for at-risk youth, we can make Maryland both a safer and more just place to call home.
A Comprehensive Approach to Crime-Fighting
Our approach to public safety must be holistic. It cannot be limited to police, courts, and prisons. In order to truly address the root causes of crime, we must also address economic and educational inequality. Many of the comprehensive plans put forth by the Mizeur-Coates campaign help address the factors that create crime, namely poverty.
Reduce Gun Violence in Maryland
Maryland has some of the toughest gun laws in the country but more can be done to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Universal background checks, gun removal at the scene of domestic violence crimes, and gun buy-back programs will help prevent gun crime in our communities.
Break the Cycle of Crime
Too many of our current public safety policies reinforce rather than correct the worst attributes of crime. We can and must do better. By prioritizing risk assessment in our pretrial system, repealing mandatory minimum sentencing, and investing in re-entry programs, we can keep dangerous criminals in prison while disconnecting nonviolent offenders from lives of wrongdoing.
Improve Public Safety in Our Neighborhoods
Maryland's law enforcement personnel put their lives on the line everyday to keep our communities safe. We must provide them with the resources necessary to do the best job possible. By emphasizing community policing and requiring the speedy processing of rape kits, we can better equip law enforcement to drive down crime, increase rape arrest rates, and improve public safety.
End the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline
For too long our state's answer to at-risk youth has been detention. As a result, our juvenile justice system functions as a pipeline into prison and a life of severely limited opportunities. We must end youth incarceration and focus on non-prison alternatives, such as treatment, community-based services, prevention, and probation for children. It is past time to dismantle the cradle-to-prison pipeline and provide the necessary services for our troubled youths to become productive members of society.