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The trial program for preventing violence in Baltimore proved successful. This is what comes next.

Brandon M. Scott: Traditional approaches to violence reduction through law enforcement alone have not made our cities safer. Arrests and gun seizures were up 20 percent and 14 percent, respectively, in 2022. 60.9 percent of guns used in crimes in Baltimore originated from outside Maryland. Baltimore’s Western District has seen homicides and nonfatal shootings drop by a combined 34 percent. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement manages the coordination of law enforcement, justice system, community partners. Last year, she made a $50 million investment in American Rescue Plan Act dollars for violence prevention.