Abt makes the case for focused deterrence to lower murder rate in Baltimore



With a focus on daily murders and the future of policing and the funding of budgets in the news along with a new Democratic nominee for mayor of Baltimore, we found recent information on focused deterrence to be a subject for debate about a different approach to crime in urban America.

Dr. Thomas Abt has penned a new book on his life’s work in lowering the crime rate, Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences Of Urban Violence and a Bold New Plan For Peace In The Streets. This was an enlightening conversation about how to change a community with a different kind of policing.

Because we haven’t been able to sit down and eat a proper crab cake at Faidley’s at Lexington Market or have some chicken and waffles at State Fare in Catonsville with our guests, we have been doing one longish episode rather than our customary three shorter blocks of conversation.

Given the current state of America in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and protests on our streets and throughout the world, we will be focusing on race and the future of  moving forward in many of our upcoming June episodes. Reverend Al Hathaway, Ben Jealous and Barry Williams are all coming soon to Baltimore Positive.

Clearly, we voted this month. And we hope you voted, too!

We will have a lot of reaction to the elections in the coming days and weeks.

We are all in this together and this is a time to educate, unite and keep each other safe. But we also have some extra time to read and learn and educate ourselves in many ways.

We will continue to produce high-quality, intelligent conversations with thought leaders as our citizens try to readjust to this pandemic during the summer at Baltimore Positive.

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