Experts debate rising crime in Maryland and DC

Elected officials from two counties in Maryland and the District of Columbia have organized a roundtable for Thursday, April 14, seeking lasting solutions to address the rise in violent crime throughout the region.

The event was convened on Tuesday the 5th by the Councilor At Large of the District of Columbia, Robert White; Prince George’s County Council President Calvin S. Hawkins II; and Montgomery County Councilman Will Jawando.

They noted in a statement that during the event, in which experts on the subject will participate, “the underlying causes, ways to work together to effectively tackle crime and recommendations on legislation, initiatives and solutions will be examined.”

Hawkins argued that “Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, and the District of Columbia, face similar challenges with the types of crime our communities experience.”

“This is why it is important to work together to identify effective and sustainable solutions that reduce crime and keep communities safe, and collaborating as regional leaders and engaging in community conversations is a crucial part of this process,” he said.

For his part, DC Councilman Robert White said that “violent crime has increased dramatically in our region.” In this regard, he cited the statistics in DC, where violent crimes have increased by 21 percent compared to figures from the previous year.

“Since the problem crosses jurisdictions, we believe that solutions must cross them as well,” he said, adding that “now we must discuss a regional approach.”

“It is time to have difficult and diverse discussions about how to tackle violent crime in a way that makes us safe today and ten years from now, and the best way to do that is to listen to both experts and members of the community” , Held.

In his turn, Councilor Jawando indicated that “although the increase in crime is a national trend, we must work together in our region to address the underlying reasons for crime, and find solutions that require an interdisciplinary and community-wide approach” .

“I believe that by working together we can address the current uptick in crime and build trust in our communities. Everyone deserves to feel and be safe,” she said.


The Roundtable on Crime and Regional Delinquency will be held on Thursday the 14th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Montgomery College Center for Cultural Arts. on the Takoma Park-Silver Spring campus.

The following panelists will participate:

  • Honorable Alexander Williams Jr., Retired Judge of the United States District Court for the Judicial District of Maryland.
  • Sonia Pruitt, former Montgomery County Police Captain and professor at Montgomery College.
  • Keesha Middlemass, PhD, Brookings Institution Resident Scholar and Associate Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Political Science at Howard University.
  • Ronald Moten, co-founder of Don’t Mute DC.
  • Eric Weaver, founder and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens

If you would like to attend, please RSVP on the site: