BALTIMORE — With so many murders and shootings in the city, Governor Larry Hogan is pushing for his plan to get more violent offenders off the streets.
Governor Hogan said on Wednesday that it's only a handful of Baltimore's worst doing the lion share of the shooting, murdering and robbing in the city, but they keep getting locked up and then let out.
"This is not about mandatory minimums for everybody. It's not about Martin O'Malley mass incarceration," said Governor Hogan. "This is about a handful of the most violent criminals who are murdering people and shooting people in the streets and they have to go to jail. In Baltimore City, they aren't going to jail. They're coming back to shoot people again."
Homicides in Baltimore are up 17 percent from this time last year and shootings are up 26 percent.
In the past month alone, four people working with the Baltimore Police Department have been attacked, the latest being Sergeant Isaac Carrington.
"Every one of these horrific shootings in Baltimore City just makes people more and more outraged about the violence in the city and no life is more valuable than any other, but it particularly gets people's attention when repeatedly law enforcement officers are included in these shootings," said Hogan. "It makes it even scarier for people, the average person to say they're even going after police officers.