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Mayoral candidate Carl Stokes releases anti-crime plan

Mayoral candidate Carl Stokes releases anti-crime plan
Stokes, who serves on the City Council, has been a critic of tax breaks for Inner Harbor developers. He previously ran unsuccessfully for mayor. He announced his candidacy. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Mayoral candidate Carl Stokes this week released a 10-page anti-crime plan.

In it, Stokes, a city councilman, said he plans to stress education, jobs and recreation more than tough-on-crime policing. But, he said, he plans to target 238 of Baltimore's worst offenders for swift arrest.

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"To sustain a safe environment in the long-term, we must look at the interrelationship between crime and education, jobs, and recreation," the plan states. "Looking at short-term solutions we will look to passing new gun laws, community policing, and getting repeat violent offenders and the bad cops off the streets."

Of the 238 repeat violent offenders, Stokes said: "We can't arrest them without proof, but if they are committing the worst crimes they are committing minor crimes as well. Do we target them? Yes, within the boundaries of the law and their civil rights. These are lawless people that you surveil because they will slip up and they will be caught on something."

Among Stokes' proposals: dropping off police officers on street corners without a car so they must walk the beat and learn to interact with residents; expanding a city program that provides jobs for young people; and teaching middle schoolers college prep and workforce skills.

Stokes acknowledges many of the proposals are not new. He says a plan for so-called Community Court was funded in 1999 but discarded by former Mayor Martin O'Malley, he wrote.

lbroadwater@baltsun.com

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