Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced a package of initiatives Tuesday aimed at curbing violent crime in Baltimore — ordering increased state patrols in high-crime areas and promising an “aggressive sweep” arresting criminals wanted on outstanding warrants.
Flanked by top law enforcement officials from around the state — but not from Baltimore — Hogan argued that courts have grown too soft on violent crime and need to get tougher.
“Today’s press conference is about immediate actions,” Hogan said. “Obviously, things like community centers, summer jobs and free college tuition are things we can address. Maybe they have an impact longer-term on crime, but they have nothing to do whatsoever with immediately taking these criminals off the streets.”