«If locking people up worked, Baltimore would be the safest city in the country.»
Mayor Pugh's mandatory minimum sentences bill will come before city council on for a vote on Monday, August 14th at 5pm. AT 4PM BEFORE THE VOTE: Join community, labor & faith groups for a press conference outside City Hall, where we will loudly declare our opposition to this harmful bill!
Ordinance 17-0111 – proposed by Mayor Pugh to impose a mandatory one year sentence for possession of a handgun, will take Baltimore back to the Mass Incarceration Policies of the Reagan Years!
History has taught us that such bills are unlikely to meaningfully address violent crime, but are very likely to impose unintended consequences on young Black men who will be targeted by a police department apparently intent on manufacturing evidence. We know it will not create an adequate deterrent in our communities where people are trying to keep themselves safe. We know that crime is reduced when people have the dignity of living in a community with fully funded education, equitably distributed resources, and access to a decent living wage. We know how mass incarceration affects our community and we don't want more of the same.
All Council Members need to hear from their constituents about the unintended consequences of this bill — this policy would compound the injustices already perpetrated on low-income Baltimoreans of color without decreasing the crime rate. Call Council President Jack Young and your councilperson now and tell them a NO VOTE IS ESSENTIAL REGARDLESS OF HOW THIS BILL IS AMENDED! baltimorecitycouncil.com/council-members
DAY OF VOTE:
Come out to City Hall for a press conference at 4pm and sit in on the vote at 5pm
To show the Council that we are united in opposing this poorly planned bill, even with amendment, we'll all wear red to urge a no vote.
It is unacceptable in 2017 to vote for mandatory minimums when all the research shows that this won't reduce violence in our city. This isn't the justice that Baltimore needs.