Tougher Sentences for Violent Offenders, Tougher Penalties for Witness Intimidation, More Transparency to Hold Judges Accountable for Sentencing Decisions
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan’s legislative initiatives to address violent crime were introduced in the General Assembly this evening. His crime package, which he first announced last month at a press conference in Baltimore City, includes tougher sentences for violent offenders who commit crimes with guns, stronger penalties for those who intimidate witnesses, and more transparency to hold judges accountable for their sentencing decisions.
“The most important legislation of this entire session are our bills to hold violent criminals more accountable so that we can stop the shootings and the murders in Baltimore City,” said Governor Hogan. “Without these bills, the efforts to get these shooters and violent criminals off our streets simply cannot be successful.”
The administration introduced the following measures this evening:
In addition, the governor’s FY21 Accountability Budget advances new resources and initiatives to fight violent crime, including nearly $2.6 million for 25 new prosecutors and support staff for the Attorney General to prosecute violent crime, $6.9 million for grants that support crime prevention, prosecution, and witness protection, $2.7 million for the Baltimore Regional Intelligence Center, and nearly $272 million for community and residential operations to provide direct care services to youth under the Department of Juvenile Services’ supervision.