27.3% Violent Crime Decrease since 2006
Total Violent Crime
Total Violent Crime Change Since 2006
Violent Crime Total: 1975 to 2013
Homicide and Rape: 1975 to 2013
Robbery and Aggravated Assault: 1975 to 2013
Are We Meeting Our Goals?
There is no such thing as a spare Marylander. That’s why when the O’Malley-Brown Administration took office in 2007 we set a goal of driving down violent crime 20 percent by the end of 2012. Together with the hardworking men and women of Maryland’s law enforcement, we have met this goal each year since 2011 -- three years in a row. In total, we’ve driven down violent crime 27.3 percent in seven years. Click here to read Governor O'Malley's remarks on this record decrease in violent crime.
In 2012, the O’Malley-Brown Administration set a new goal to drive down violent crime an additional 20 percent by the end of 2018. From 2012 to 2013, we drove down violent crime by 1.3 percent.
StateStat measures progress towards this goal by analyzing crime data from the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Reports. The FBI defines violent crime as the sum of reported "... murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault."
Actions Taken Towards Goal
- Last year, Governor O’Malley proposed and signed the Firearm Safety Act of 2013. The Act requires licensing for handgun purchase, bans 45 types of assault weapons and certain copycats, limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds, creates safeguards to keep guns away from the mentally ill, creates a new Center for School Safety and much more.
- StateStat and Governor O’Malley created Re-Entry Stat in 2012 to drive down recidivism in Maryland. Through quarterly Re-Entry Stats with eight state agencies, local officials and staff from the Governor’s office, recidivism in Maryland has been driven down 21 percent (releative decrease) since 2007- equivalent to over 3,100 fewer inmates returning to our prisons.
- In 2013, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) began providing StateStat with regular case reviews for all supervisees under parole and probation who are involved with homicides and non-fatal shootings. This procedure has helped DPSCS review how it responds to supervisee non-compliance and ensures that the agency is keeping a close eye on offenders under its care.
- Working with the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), DPSCS instituted the Released Inmate Identification (RIID) program in October 2008 to provide inmates with state-issued ID cards. Since 2008, the RIID Program has issued over 18,000 IDs to released offenders to aid in their job and housing search.
- In 2008 DPSCS launched the Public Safety Dashboard consolidating approximately 100 different databases from 12 state agencies into a single platform to provide accurate and timely information to law enforcement. Today, the Dashboard is used by over 19,000 eligible people at more than 260 criminal justice agencies throughout the state reducing the time required to find criminal and background information from hours to minutes.
- In 2007, the O’Malley-Brown Administration launched the Violence Prevention Initiative to identify and track the State’s most violent offenders. Dedicated VPI agents have low caseloads, make frequent contacts with offenders, and have a low-tolerance for even minor infractions.
- When the O’Malley-Brown Administration took office in 2007 the State faced a backlog of over 24,000 DNA samples. Working together, StateStat, DPSCS and MSP closed the backlog in January 2008. To date, we have made over 3,700 hits and 404 arrests using DNA evidence.
- The O’Malley-Brown Administration and DPSCS have opened significant lines of communication between its partners in Washington D.C., Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York, allowing agencies to share information about criminals who cross State borders. Today, DPSCS receives daily notifications from these states (and D.C.) when any of the offenders under its supervision are arrested in another jurisdiction.
- Governor O'Malley signed into law legislation which decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, in part to keep our focus on driving down violent crime. To read the Governor's full statement on the legislation, click here.
How Can I Get Involved?
- To get help for domestic violence quickly, free, and confidentially, contact The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) or The House of Ruth.
- To learn more about the Governor's strategies to reduce violent crime, visit The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP).
- To see the source data used to make the graphs on this page, check out The Maryland Statistical Analysis Center (MSAC)'s crime statistics.
- For block by block crime reports for the entire state, visit crimereports.com.