For Immediate Release: 5/6/18
Baltimore — Today, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby released felony conviction rates for the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City dating back to 2011. Additionally, she provided the conviction rates for each felony division within her office, as well as the rationale for the entry of STET or Nolle Prosequi in some cases, since the start of her administration in 2015.
“The hallmark of my administration has been to be accessible and transparent in our pursuit of justice,” said State’s Attorney Mosby. “The past few years have been extremely challenging for the criminal justice system in Baltimore as it relates to violent crime due to the opioid epidemic and the distrust between communities and law enforcement as a direct result of several recent scandals and examples of police misconduct within the Baltimore Police Department. Yet, our office has worked diligently to break down barriers of distrust in the criminal justice system by keeping the community informed with accurate and detailed information.”
Over the past four years, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City has maintained a 93 percent conviction rate. So far in 2018, the Office maintains a 94 percent conviction rate.
The State’s Attorney also released the average conviction rates for each felony division since 2015 — Economic Crimes Unit, 98.21 percent; General Felony Division, 93.93 percent; Gun Violence Enforcement Division, 92.21 percent; Homicide Division, 80.48 percent; Major Investigations Unit, 94.61 percent; Narcotics Unit, 98.18 percent; and Special Victims Unit, 94.88 percent.
The published information also illustrates the reasoning for prosecutors’ entry of STET or Nolle Prosequi in some cases, including: legal reasons, plea negotiations, judicial economy, and the necessity of victim, witness or community support to effectively prosecute the case.
Because of the nearly 2,000 cases associated with the convicted officers assigned to the Gun trace Task Force and the more than 220 cases that were dismissed as a result of the re-enactments of the discovery and seizure of evidence depicted on several body worn camera incidents, the Office will revise the disposition forms for closed cases to include “officer credibility” as an option, as well as re-classify the categories pertaining to the failure of Baltimore Police officers and technicians to appear in court.
The State’s Attorney announced that the information would be updated monthly on the agency’s website.
Throughout her tenure, State’s Attorney Mosby has made efforts to further her unwavering commitment to accountability and transparency. Last year, the Office began posting “Use of Force” investigation case summaries to its website any time a Baltimore police officer is suspected of criminally assaulting or fatally wounding a person in Baltimore City.
This year, the Office partnered with the Baltimore City Solicitor’s Office to streamline the process for how the Internal Affairs (IA) documents of Baltimore Police officers are reviewed and released during trial proceedings by providing defense counsel with access to the entire IA file of an officer who is an integral witness if an IA file exists that charges him or her with any past or present misconduct.
Since the start of her administration, State’s Attorney Mosby has published annual reports, detailing the progress within the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City.
“Despite the numerous external challenges that my office has faced, I’m proud of the dedication of my hard-working attorneys and staff,” continued State’s Attorney Mosby.
The released case disposition data can be reviewed at https://www.stattorney.org/office/data.