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  • Batts' crime-fighting plan focuses on gangs, guns, violent offenders

    Batts' crime-fighting plan focuses on gangs, guns, violent offenders
    Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts wants to stop sending officers out on low-priority 911 calls, expand foot patrols and create a unit focused on investigating incidents in which police use force. He proposes assigning homicide detectives to...
  • No dread: Private school cuts hair policy

    No dread: Private school cuts hair policy
    When a representative from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School visited Danielle Cook's class, the eighth-grader thought she fit the criteria for the rigorous college preparatory high school in Baltimore. She has been a straight-A student since preschool, is...
  • City police consultants' report was a waste of taxpayer dollars [Letter]

    City police consultants' report was a waste of taxpayer dollars [Letter]
    Unfortunately, The Sun's recent article outlining a consultant's report on the police department that cost the citizens of Baltimore City close to $300,000 for a document that articulates the very initiatives many of its state legislators had already...
  • State police don't analyze stop & frisk data, either

    State police don't analyze stop & frisk data, either
    With Baltimore police taking (and accepting) flak recently for failing to track and analyze its officers' use of the controversial stop-and-frisk tactic, another agency has the data and isn't doing much with it, either. State law requires police agencies...
  • ACLU says license plate readers violate drivers' privacy

    ACLU says license plate readers violate drivers' privacy
    The American Civil Liberties Union says police are violating drivers' rights with license plate scanners that can be used to track their whereabouts with little oversight on how such data is used or stored. The ACLU on Wednesday announced the results...
  • Spying on motorists

    Spying on motorists
    Americans are increasingly resigned to the fact that huge government and corporate bureaucracies can gather vast amounts of information about us without our knowledge or consent. Recent reports of the massive telephone and email data collection programs...
  • Diversion, not mass incarceration, will reduce crime

    If the state of Maryland is serious about reducing crime, we need to be more proactive about preventive programs and seriously consider diversion programs for our youth. The recent ACLU report on arrests for marijuana possession and The Sun's June 8...
  • Baltimore curfew push questioned by ACLU, police union

    Baltimore curfew push questioned by ACLU, police union
    With city leaders pushing to impose earlier curfews on Baltimore's youth, civil liberties advocates and researchers say such measures don't deter crime and truancy and lead to police targeting children from poorer areas. And though Police Commissioner...
  • State pledges to examine patient treatment history at Crownsville Hospital

    State pledges to examine patient treatment history at Crownsville Hospital
    It's a piece of history that many in Maryland want to forget: an underfunded, overcrowded, state-run mental hospital where African-American patients lived in squalid conditions, were given few helpful treatments and were made the subjects of experiments...
  • O'Malley notes fewer arrests, persistent violence in Baltimore

     O'Malley notes fewer arrests, persistent violence in Baltimore
    Gov. Martin O'Malley says he is concerned that Baltimore has stalled in its efforts to reduce crime, emphasizing that arrest rates have continued to fall as declines in violence have leveled off. The governor has brought up the connection between the two...
  • What happened at Crownsville was a disgrace, but dredging up the past won't solve today's problems

     What happened at Crownsville was a disgrace, but dredging up the past won't solve today's problems
    I have been a life-long student of history, but there's something about the sudden recognition that injustices occurred at the now-defunct mental health hospital in Crownsville that is disturbing ("State pledges to examine patient treatment history at...
  • Stormwater fee debate continues flowing in Arundel

    Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has scheduled a series of public meetings on the implementation of a stormwater fee, while at the same time the County Council is considering an amendment to the fee that would essentially exempt all nonprofit...