Lam: A safe, thriving, and prosperous Baltimore is crucial to the success of the State of Maryland, and so we must step up to play a vital role in helping Baltimore address violent crime. However, we must bear in mind that violent crime is an end result of many different systemic failures including poverty, inadequate education, insufficient jobs and productive opportunities, poor support network of family or friends, availability of illegal drugs and weapons, and many other reasons. Addressing the problem of violent crime cannot only be restricted to criminal justice solutions but must also address these other social determinants that are especially large and challenging. These problems are too large for one jurisdiction, and their solutions span across the state, which is why the state must step up to assist Baltimore. To address this, the state needs to provide funding for schools and educators to improve Baltimore’s public education system, support businesses that create local jobs and provide needed benefits like child care subsidies and credits to workers, implement policies that promote integration of housing and combat “redlining” which keeps neighborhoods in poverty, support expansion of mass transit options so workers without cars can get to jobs without spending hours on a bus, support workforce training and apprenticeship programs, address drug addiction, promote justice reinvestment and decriminalization policies to break the cycle of crime, reduce the availability of weapons and firearms, and fund programs like Baltimore’s Safe Streets that take a proven, public health approach to reducing violence.