Baltimore (April 19, 2021) - Today, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, with contribution from former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, published an Op/Ed in the Baltimore Sun discussing the State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) decision to focus resources on drug dealing, violent and victim crimes, and to no longer prosecute select low-level misdemeanor offenses.
Baltimore City State’s Attorney applauds passage after six years of police reform advocacy, says there's more work to be done
Baltimore (April 15, 2021) - Last week, the Maryland Legislature passed numerous police reform bills that signify the end of community-damaging police tactics and the beginning of a wholistic approach to law enforcement. The legislation included:
Baltimore (April 13, 2021) - Today, a Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Philip Blankenship for the murder of Randolph Jones on the 1300 block of N. Charles Street on March 25, 2021. An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.
Commission Also Found No Wrongdoing or Illegality in Travel or Gifts
Baltimore (April 7, 2021) - After an investigation lasting almost eight months, the State Ethics Commission has released new findings and informed State’s Attorney Mosby that she over-reported work trips to the Commission that were not required to be disclosed. Mrs. Mosby has been asked to amend her disclosure forms to delineate the over-reporting of every work trip. SA Mosby was also asked to amend her ethics forms to reflect the fact that she has returned three gifts intended to be auctioned – hair oil ($50) CBD products ($188), and candles ($25) – that the Commission classed as “unacceptable gifts.” These gifts, left in their original packaging were intended to be auctioned at a benefit for victims and witnesses of crime and totaled $263. The State Ethics Commission did not report any evidence of wrongdoing or illegality.
State’s Attorney applauds passage after two years of advocacy for this vital legislation to end life sentences for juveniles
Baltimore (April 2, 2021) - Today, the Maryland Legislature passed the Juvenile Restoration Act (JRA), a bill that would end life sentences without parole for juveniles, and would allow courts to reconsider the sentence of juveniles who have spent a minimum of 20 years in prison and have demonstrated that they’re no longer a danger to the public. The legislation was sponsored by Delegate Jazz Lewis(D-24) and Senator Chris West(R-42).
Report details past year success despite months-long court closures due to global health pandemic
Significant reform efforts underway to reduce mass incarceration and racial disparities in the criminal justice system
Baltimore (April 1, 2021) - The Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office released its 2020 Annual Report. The 44-page document houses a wealth of information on the office's unprecedented response across all of the agency's units to the coronavirus pandemic including policy announcements, work-from-home transition efforts, and virtual community engagements.
Baltimore (March 31, 2021) - This week, a Baltimore City grand jury indicted Correctional Officer II Zanel Santana, Correctional Officer Sergeant Monyette Washington, and Correctional Officer II Uchenna Okeke. All three are employed by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) and were arrested on charges related to the assault of a detainee and Misconduct in Office. An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.
City Will Take New Progressive Direction on Arrests and Prosecution of Minor Offenses
New Community Partnerships Formed to Refer People to Support Services
Baltimore (March 23, 2021) -Today, a Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Billy Johnson for the murder of Brandon Fleming on the 2500 block of Woodland Avenue on December 22, 2020. An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.
Baltimore (March 22, 2021) -Today, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office charged Gervonta Davis with 14 counts of various traffic violations that occurred during an alleged hit-and-run on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on November 5, 2020. These charges are not a finding of guilt. An individual charged is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.