Conventional wisdom says that poverty and crime go hand-in-hand. The theory goes that poor people have no option but to commit crimes in order to gain wealth, or survive. Or that the authorities criminalize "undesirable" behavior of the poor and disadvantaged, thus increasing crime rates within marginalized populations. (Think of all the "crimes" of jaywalking… Continue reading Homicides and Poverty in Baltimore City in 2016
According to the count kept by the Baltimore Sun, there have been 319 homicides in 2017 up until November 30.1 That is already more than the 318 seen in all of 2016, but it's well below the record 344 from 2015. Although Baltimore experienced 353 homicides in 1993, it had about 110,000 more residents, so… Continue reading Will Baltimore Break The Homicide Record?
After the Baltimore City authorities celebrated a relatively calm January, February came in roaring like a lion. There were a total of 24 reported homicides in February in Baltimore, up from 14 in January. Nineteen of February's 29 days saw at least one homicide, with February 21st being the deadliest with 3 homicides that day.… Continue reading February Summary: It Was Rough
After Baltimore City authorities celebrated that January of 2016 didn't have as many homicides as January of 2015, and that it was the first month since April 2015 without 27 or more homicides, a series of incidents have pushed February 2016 past February 2015 in the number of homicides. A double homicide on Saturday, February… Continue reading February Eclipses January in Number of Homicides
The Safe Streets program in Baltimore has been active since 2009 in different neighborhoods. According to their website, Safe Streets works like this: "The Health Department funds community-based organizations to implement the Safe Streets model in identified target neighborhoods. Safe Streets emphasizes the delivery of a unified message that violence is no longer acceptable through community organization… Continue reading Safe Streets Baltimore since 2011