The U.S. Attorney's Office approves reduced sentences for criminals who deserve them, but with the caveat that some
It is unfair to assert that "federal prosecutors didn't do their job when they settled for putting dangerous criminals away on drug charges rather than prosecute them for violent crimes." More than 2,500 victims were murdered in Baltimore City during the past decade, and nearly 6,000 victims suffered nonfatal gunshots. Many of the perpetrators will never be convicted of those crimes. But much of the violence is drug-related, so prosecutors sometimes pursue federal drug distribution charges to help end the bloodshed.
Nobody accused Elliott Ness of incompetence when he nabbed
The national murder rate doubled from 1960 to 1990, fueled by drug dealers. The murder wave has receded in most of the nation, and it is receding in Baltimore City. Still, Baltimoreans are murdered at a rate eight times the national average, and many of the killings are drug-related. Meanwhile, dealers are hooking the next generation of addicts and ruining their lives. Try telling the victims' families that drug dealers "pose little threat to public safety."