While other candidates running for Mayor in Baltimore City’s upcoming Presidential Primaries scheduled for April 28, 2020 have offered up their plans for reducing crime in Baltimore in various ways such as press conferences and campaign rallies; former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon decided instead to sit down one-on-one with WBAL’s Kate Amara to lay out her comprehensive 13-page plan.
“This city is in a crisis, we are losing our babies at a frightening rate having already seen twenty-five people killed during the first 30-days of the year,” Dixon said. “This is no time for some fancy pie-in-the-sky ideas of what we may be able to do years down the road or some politically charged campaign-styled rallies, it deserves much more serious and focused attention, which is why I’m sitting down with you Kate, speaking directly to the citizens of this city to discuss in-depth how we climb out of this deepening hole of crime and violence.”
Dixon, who as Mayor from 2007-2010, was credited for reducing homicides to historic lows not witnessed in more than thirty years, while also witnessing reductions in quality of life and nuisance crimes, robberies and gun crimes, while also seeing a 14% reduction in fatal and non-fatal shootings. “We were able to accomplish all that within a three year period of time, while having to do more with less because nationally we were experiencing one of the worst economic recessions of our lifetime,” stated Dixon.
Her recently released crime plan, which can be found on her website at: www.dixonforbaltimore.com, coincided with the launch of her newly innovated website and a sixty second radio ad being run on radio stations across the city that speak to her record on crime as Baltimore’s first female mayor, while also offering up new and innovative ideas on how her administration would tackle crime during this current climate. “We have to get smarter with how we utilize our technology, while making sure that all hands are on deck and working to help reduce crime in this city, including each and every city department and agency,” Dixon said.
Her lengthy and well-detailed plan spoke to reinstituting the now defunct Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, which was the nuts and bolts of the city’s criminal justice system. Led by city and state partners, including having input by various agencies such as parole and probation, the public defenders office, the States Attorney’s Office, judges and others, this council was designed to help coordinate activities in this city that spoke directly to preventing crime and how the systems operated and worked together. Dixon said that while the council was shut down under the Catherine Pugh administration, after Governor Larry Hogan redirected the funds to the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, that on Day One she would work to reconvene these city, state and federal partners to start getting a handle on the operations and investigations into how the city deals with all systems related to the criminal justice system.
“People need to take their egos and personalities out of the equation and check them at the door, to help continue to build on things that are working, regardless of who started it, and re-evaluate programs to see what is working and what isn’t so that we can get to a baseline system of what we need to do in order to get Baltimore back on track in reclaiming its throne as the greatest city in America.”
For more information on Dixon’s crime plan, you can read it in its entirety here. You can watch the WBAL interview with Kate Amara here or listen to her on WBAL radio yesterday with C4 by clicking on this link.