March 17, 2016
A March 17, 2016 editorial by Catholic Charities’ executive director Bill McCarthy on the need for sustainable funding for Baltimore City’s Safe Streets programs:
A majority of our community’s collective attention, especially during this election season, is focused on preventing violence and promoting public safety in Baltimore. Our current conversations often fail to recognize that there are many drivers of violence, and preventing it from happening in the first place requires a fully-realized, multi-pronged strategy. While criminal justice and police action are essential tools, they often occur after a violent event has already taken place.