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Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott urges Mayor Young to share progress of crime plan

Posted at 8:36 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 20:36:30-05

BALTIMORE — Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott is urging Mayor Jack Young and the Mayor's office of Criminal Justice to share their progress on the creation of a comprehensive crime plan with the City Council.

Scott is asking for the progress to be shared one week from Tuesday during their Public Safety Committee.

Scott issued a statement on the status of the plan.

“As violence continues to ravage Baltimore's neighborhoods and families, I am renewed in my urgency to leverage all of our resources toward fighting the disease of gun violence. On July 18, I stood alongside Mayor Young and Commissioner Harrison for the release of BPD’s 5-year crime plan. During that press conference, Mayor Young said that the comprehensive portion of that crime plan, coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, would be released in “a few weeks.”

Four months later, we have yet to see that plan. Instead we have heard responses that fall far short of (and that are no substitute for) a comprehensive vision for what our city agencies must do to address violence in our community.

This summer, I introduced Bill 19-0451: Biennial Comprehensive Crime Reduction Plan, which calls for the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice to present their comprehensive violence reduction plan to the City Council. I urge the Mayor and MOCJ to share their progress with the Council on Tuesday, November 19 at 4PM, when the bill will be heard in the Public Safety Committee. There must be a coordinated vision that guides our public safety strategy as a city.”