(ANNAPOLIS – February 9, 2020) – Last Tuesday, Senate President Bill Ferguson, House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones, joined by members of the Senate and House leadership announced a legislative package focused on violence reduction throughout the state.
“Too many communities in Maryland face an unacceptable level of violence and crime – this must end,” stated President Ferguson. “This package of legislation will hold offenders and our systems accountable and build communities of opportunity. Maryland families deserve better, and we will work with every single willing partner to solve this crisis.”
“Creating safer communities requires all of us to think outside the box, re-examine our own efforts and apply a broad array of innovative solutions,” said Speaker Jones. “We can’t just police our way out of this problem but, combining with more opportunities in our education system, these bills will have an impact on each of our communities.”
The legislative package is focused on three core tenants:
Real Accountability: In 2019, over 30% of murder victims were on supervision of parole & probation, and over 25% of murder suspects were on the same supervision. The General Assembly will:
Smarter Resources: All the laws in the world don’t matter if they are not enforced, or if county lines stop the needed collaboration to ensure those who violate the laws are prosecuted. The General Assembly will pass legislation to:
Fewer Illegal Guns: Crime is not properly addressed as long as illegal guns continue to be present in our homes and communities. This year, legislation will: