Statement of Donald C. Fry, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, on Baltimore Mayor Scott’s Violence Prevention Framework and Plan

“Mayor Brandon Scott’s proposed Violence Prevention Framework and Plan is consistent with the two-pronged approach to crime reduction that the Greater Baltimore Committee has been advocating for since 2019. The first prong must focus on crime control, especially addressing repeat violent offenders. This tactic has to be coupled with a long term sustained approach that addresses the root causes of crime, such as education and access to job training, poverty, disinvestment in communities, and also the racial and social disparities that exist in Baltimore.

Both prongs of this crime reduction strategy must be implemented simultaneously with equal commitment and intensity. Neither approach on its own will address the crime crisis in the city.

Mayor Scott’s public health and data-driven approach is a positive step of bringing multiple agencies in city government to identify, develop and expand effective programs to address these multiple challenges to ensure that future generations can break away from the lure of crime.”


ABOUT THE GREATER BALTIMORE COMMITTEE

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is a regional organization of business and civic leaders that includes businesses, nonprofit organizations and educational and civic institutions. It is the leading voice for the private sector in the Baltimore region on issues relating to economic growth, job creation, workforce development, transportation, the business climate and quality of life. The GBC’s membership is comprised of over 500 member organizations, including large, mid-size and small companies, nonprofits, education and foundations in the Greater Baltimore region.