Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, says he will propose tough-on-crime legislation–including longer sentences for repeat offenders–to address the acute problem of violence in Baltimore.
After a closed-door meeting about “out of control” violent crime in Baltimore, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday he plans to propose a major crime package during next year’s General Assembly session that includes truth-in-sentencing legislation, reports the Baltimore Sun. The Republican governor met for about an hour in Baltimore with elected state and local elected officials, all of them Democrats, as well as Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and acting U.S. Attorney for Maryland Stephen Schenning. Afterward, Hogan said he was frustrated that violent repeat offenders are not receiving long prison sentences. “We keep putting the same exact violent people on the streets,” Hogan said.
In other states, truth-in-sentencing legislation has often meant eliminating parole and good-time credits that reduce the sentences of prison inmates. Hogan did not provide details about the bill he will propose. Attendees at the meeting included Mayor Catherine Pugh, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby and City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young. Hogan invited Baltimore judges to attend the meeting, but they declined, saying it would be inappropriate.