Baltimore City relaunching Operation Ceasefire

BALTIMORE - Baltimore City is prepared to roll out a community-based approach to combating crime, the aptly named Operation Ceasefire.

The idea is to dissuade repeat criminal offenders with the threat of heavy jail time or offering them a way out of the “life,” which is an over-simplification of the program.

The plan’s architect Prof. David Kennedy, of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, has been in Baltimore this week to get the operation on its feet.

“What we know is what it takes to make this work and especially to keep it going is genuine ownership and enthusiasm from the city level, key agencies, community partners—all of that," Kennedy said. "You get a really good feel over time for whether that’s real or not and it’s really real here.”

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