Mayor Pugh released long-awaited violence reduction plan
After months of increased-levels of violence and multiple requests, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced her Violence Reduction Plan Wednesday. The plan contains many promises, but few bench marks.
The brightly colored packet of 19 pages reminded many of the mayor’s campaign plan for the city. Pugh said the update is the expansion of the plan she laid out prior to taking office.
"When we came in here with all the smart people I have around me," says Pugh. "And the opportunity to review the direction we want to go in, we looked at several areas and so what you have in front of you is our violence reduction update.”
The plan includes free tuition at Baltimore City Community College for graduates of city public schools, increased access to housing and calls for “enhancing” the Safe Streets program.
But she was unclear about increasing spending for Safe Streets, which has faced funding shortages in the past.
“We are looking at every strategy that is in place," says Pugh. "Those who prove to have an impact on violence reduction we will continue to enhance.”
In building homes for the chronically homeless, Pugh points to construction of housing for the homeless in Liberty Heights and says new development will also include affordable housing.
The plan did not include any dates or timelines as to when these programs would go into place, but said she will work with the Mayor’s office of Sustainable Solutions and the office of Criminal Justice to measure efficiency.