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More killings solved, but better technology, stricter sentences needed, Pugh and Davis say

More killings solved, but better technology, stricter sentences needed, Pugh and Davis say

Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis on Thursday touted an increase in the rate of homicides solved but said new technology, stricter prison sentencing and better collaboration are needed to stem the surging violence in the city.

The homicide closure rate has risen to nearly 60 percent from about 30 percent last year, Pugh told host Clarence M. “C4” Mitchell IV during an appearance on a “Crisis Baltimore City Violence 2017” special on WBAL Radio 1090’s “C4 Show.”

But even when detectives solve a violent crime case and suspects are convicted, their sentences are often vacated by judges, the mayor said. Many who are arrested in violent crimes...

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