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Punishing Criminals Won't Solve our Real Crime Problem

“Baltimore killings soar to level unseen in 43 years,” an Associated Press headline announced earlier this week. According to the story, there have been nearly 200 homicides in Baltimore so far this year, compared to 119 by the end of July 2014. Even before that AP story, the rise in Baltimore homicides had triggered a predictably strong response from local leaders. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fired Police Commissioner Anthony Batts on July 8, declaring that “Too many continue to die […]

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In Baltimore, Curfew Met with Little Resistance

The streets of Baltimore were relatively calm Tuesday night as thousands of police officers and National Guard troops enforced a new 10 p.m. curfew, one day after riots rocked the city. The weeklong curfew was met with some resistance at first, reports The Baltimore Sun. The paper reports that a “small, defiant group of people” faced off with police in riot gear after the curfew went into effect, a few throwing rocks, bottles and smoke canisters toward police, who shot […]