Participants in OSI-Baltimore summit

Participants in OSI-Baltimore summit call for reforms in criminal justice, health and employment.

Nearly 700 people sought solutions to Baltimore’s most difficult challenges in criminal justice, unemployment, and mental health and addiction Saturday at an all-day summit sponsored by the Open Society Institute-Baltimore.

Attendees voted by text to recommend priorities for the new mayor and City Council.

“Good ideas become great ideas when we work together, and I do look forward to receiving your recommendations,” Mayor Catherine E. Pugh told the crowd at the War Memorial building. “I believe that what the city needs is bold leadership, someone who will pull the trigger on things that aren’t working and say, ‘Just because we did it this way doesn’t mean we have to continue to do it that way.'”

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