Mosby touts success rate as Baltimore City State's Attorney
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby released the 2017 Annual Report for the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, which highlights the agency’s performance in many key areas.
A digital copy of the 2017 Annual Report can be found here. According to the report that was released Tuesday, the SAO prosecuted over 41,000 cases, including nearly 3,800 felony cases—achieving a 92% felony conviction rate. The agency also introduced the Narcotics Unit—to combat the opioid crisis—which secured an impressive 98% conviction rate. Additionally, the report highlights the conviction of all 12 of the 12 defendants designated Public Enemy #1 by the Baltimore Police Department since 2015 who have been brought to trial, resulting in six life sentences and more than 700 years in prison.
As the SAO continues to identify ways to best support victims and witness of crime, the report details the Office’s ability to double the size of the Victim/Witness Services Unit; relocate 125 victims and witnesses; and raise more than $12,000 for the Victims’ Emergency Fund.
The report highlights the 2017 launch of Community Court Watch, a web-based tool that allows citizens to track case information for crimes occurring in their neighborhoods, as a means to restore the community’s faith in the criminal justice system through accessibility and transparency.
Additionally, the report shares the SAO’s various efforts to invest in Baltimore City’s youth. In 2017, the SAO partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development to pay the third class of Junior State’s Attorneys program through YouthWorks, expanded the Great Expectations Program to three schools, and engaged approximately 2,500 Baltimore City youth during its Summer #PopUp event series.
“The progress we’ve made over the past year is undeniable,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “We are committed to restoring the community’s faith in the criminal justice system; enacting systemic reforms within the criminal justice system; putting away violent repeat offenders; and most importantly, delivering one standard of justice no matter one’s race, religion, sex, occupation or zip code. This report highlights our efforts to make progress on those priorities.”
According to State’s Attorney Mosby, the Annual Report serves as a comprehensive summation of the work the SAO has done in 2017 to further its core mission of delivering justice and ensuring public safety for the residents and communities of Baltimore City. It is an opportunity for the public to understand all of the work the SAO has done and is doing, as well as the innovations it has pursued to make prosecutions smarter, fairer, and more effective in Baltimore.
Mosby is running for re-election as Baltimore City State's Attorney. She faces challenges from former Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah filed their paperwork Tuesday, and defense attorney Ivan Bates. All are Democrats. There's no Republican challenger, so the winner will be decided in the June primary.