Baltimore To End Most Drug Prosecutions Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Baltimore To End Most Drug Prosecutions Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The top prosecutor in Baltimore is moving to dismiss pending charges against people accused of most drug crimes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In a letter to staff on Wednesday, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby listed a series of offenses that should not result in incarceration. Drug possession, attempted drug distribution, prostitution, traffic offenses and public urination are among the offenses that shouldn’t land people being bars at this point, according to Mosby’s guidance. Putting these individuals in jail could exacerbate the public health crisis by exposing inmates to the virus, she said. “This policy is in place for now as an attempt to save lives,” Mosby told Marijuana Moment in response to a query about whether people should be prosecuted for drug offenses in general, outside of the current public health crisis. “We will assess the policy at a later date and time when this global pandemic is over.” For the time being, pending drug possession charges should be lifted, she said. Her memo to city prosecutors states that an “outbreak in prison or jails could potentially be catastrophic” and, therefore, now is “not the time for a piecemeal approach where we go into court and argue one by one for the release of at-risk individuals.” “As prosecutors, we are committed to protecting the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our community, and that includes people who are currently in prison or jail,” Mosby said in a press release. “I firmly believe that we can promote public health…

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