Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh asked Gov. Larry Hogan for a boost in staff and other resources to increase Baltimore’s criminal-caseload processing capacity. The request comes on the heels of criticism from Hogan about Baltimore’s low rate of criminal prosecution.
“We only have eight prosecutors, one investigator in our Criminal Division. The addition of prosecuting criminal cases in Baltimore City would dramatically increase caseload,” said the office’s director of communications, Racquel Combs.
On Oct. 28, Frosh requested 20 assistant attorneys general, three firearm prosecutors, five analysts, two victim/witness coordinators, more state police, funding, and IT/investigative/case support.
“We have more than 300 people being murdered every year,” said Hogan to reporters Sept. 18 in a video the Baltimore Sun posted. “If you take Baltimore City out of the state of Maryland, we probably have the lowest murder rate in America, but with Baltimore City, this is the highest.” After this, Hogan sent a letter to Frosh requesting that Frosh begin sending progress reports on their cases to his office.
Hogan directed Frosh to take on responsibilities of Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. “Far too often in Baltimore city, violent offenders get a slap on the wrist and are released back out on the streets,” wrote Hogan.
“You released to the media and then forwarded to me a letter demanding that my office take on additional criminal prosecutions involving gang violence and other drug and firearms trafficking,” wrote Frosh in his October response to Hogan. “I made clear that I am willing to provide additional help, but that any appreciable expansion of prosecutions would require significant additional resources.”
“Governor Hogan has repeatedly called for an all-hands-on-deck approach to address the violent crime crisis in Baltimore City, and we are glad that the attorney general is taking this urgent issue seriously,” said Shareese Churchill, press secretary of the governor’s office.
“The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention recently had a productive discussion with the Attorney General’s office, and we will certainly review his requests. Ending the deadly and sickening violence in Baltimore City shouldn’t be a partisan issue.”
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