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What the next governor can do to help fight Baltimore crime

What the next governor can do to help fight Baltimore crime

Maryland’s governor can’t fix the dysfunction that has gripped Baltimore’s police department. He can’t lead it through federally mandated reforms or set a strategic direction in the fight against crime. But a governor who makes public safety in Baltimore a top priority can be of enormous help in reducing the violence that plagues the city. Former Gov. Martin O’Malley was deeply involved in the issue, having carried his focus on crime from City Hall to the State House. And particularly in the last two years, since Mayor Catherine Pugh took over, Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration has reanimated the kinds of efforts that have worked in the past, such as greater coordination between city...

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