Hogan weighing 'probably more than 100' ideas to stem Baltimore violence

Erin Cox
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said he and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh discussed “probably more than a hundred items” this week in their first conversation about addressing city violence.

In the first half of this year, Baltimore endured its highest homicide rate in 25 years. The crisis has frustrated residents and elected officials who question whether enough is being done.

Pugh sought Hogan’s assistance. Speaking publicly for the first time since meeting with the mayor Monday, Hogan said on Tuesday that he and Pugh were “pretty much on the same page” about what needed to be done.

“It was the start of the discussion,” Hogan said in a brief interview. “We're going to have follow-up discussions. I would say it was fruitful and productive.”

Like the mayor, Hogan declined to offer specific policy proposals or reveal how much Pugh asked the state to spend on crime fighting.

Hogan spoke in broad terms about cooperation between state probation officials and Baltimore police, about resources the state police agencies could provide, and about working with prosecutors. He said some violent offenders were committing “multiple gun felonies.”

As of Saturday, 183 people have been murdered in the city this year and all but 22 were killed by gunfire. The number of people killed by the end of June was the highest in city history since 1992, when 116,000 more people lived in Baltimore.

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