SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Democrat Heather Mizeur has released a plan to reduce crime as part of her primary campaign for governor.
Mizeur said Wednesday she supports universal background checks for all guns. She also wants to require law enforcement to seize all guns at the scenes of domestic violence incidents. Part of Mizeur's plan includes raising the age requirement for the purchase of all guns to 21 years and providing grants for local buy-back programs.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers from Wilmington want to make crime in the city more costly for the perpetrators.
The state House is expected to vote this week on a bill that requires people convicted of criminal offenses in Wilmington to pay a new $25 penalty, on top of any other fines and penalties they might face.
Supporters say that with the city's high crime rate, the new fines would help offset the costs of policing and investigations.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is poised to become the 18th state in the nation to abolish the death penalty.
A death penalty repeal bill has already passed the state Senate and is expected to pass the House of Delegates on Friday.
Supporters of the repeal argue that capital punishment is costly, error-prone, racially biased and a poor deterrent of crime. Opponents say it's a necessary tool to punish lawbreakers who commit the most egregious crimes.
With members of the city departments flanking him last night Mayor Jim Ireton touted a dramatic 40 percent drop in the crime rate with a 21 percent decline over the past 10 years.
During his address broadcast from Holloway Hall on the campus of Salisbury he also noted that the new police substation in the Doverdale neighborhood has been opened and that the city would be applying for more Safe Streets funding to continue the trend