As Baltimore police and prosecutors race to tamp down a sustained spike in violence, many of the charges against people caught with illegal guns aren't sticking, or defendants are only jailed for a fraction of their sentence.
About one-quarter of such gun cases are dropped before defendants go to trial, according to a Baltimore Sun analysis. Even when convicted of illegally possessing a firearm, prosecutors say, defendants are sentenced on average to 16 months in jail, with a substantial portion of their sentences suspended.
And what else might be involved?
Some of the solutions lie in better cooperation between police and
prosecutors, they acknowledge. Mosby noted in an interview that a large
number of illegal gun cases are dropped because of technicalities and
avoidable circumstances, including questions over the legality of stops
and officers failing to appear in court.
Wonderful, isn't it?