Issues

Combating Drug Violence and Addiction

As a long time Board member of the Frederick Rescue Mission, I recognize the need to address addiction in our community. I lost a sister to heroin addiction and recognize the devastating effect of drugs on our children, and especially on their parents and family. Heroin is a plague on our community.

Heroin dealers must be dealt with harshly, but many addicts need rehabilitation. Jail alone is not the answer. I have expanded our very successful Drug Court Treatment Program and will continue to be a community leader against this plague on our community.

Part of the answer is addressing the mental health needs of offenders. There is a need for a Mental Health diversion to supplement our Drug Court.

Project Exile: Hard Time for Gun Crime

Bringing Project Exile to Frederick was no small task. Since its implementation, numerous violent career criminals have been removed from our streets and sent to the no-parole Federal system for prosecution. Due to our aggressive stance, these numbers are triple that of similar Exile jurisdictions in the same time span. Our Community Prosecution initiative with the Frederick Police Department has gone a long way towards this success.

Professional and Efficient Prosecution

I have striven to make this Office as professional as possible, especially by hiring talented staff. Prosecutors must be in the courtroom demanding justice. The days of political hires and under-performance are over.

I envision my Office to be the model for professional, efficient, and accountable prosecution through the use of technology. We have implemented a digital Case Management System, and will achieve a “paperless” office before it is mandated by our Courts. As Chair of the Maryland State’s Attorneys Assn. Technology Committee, I am committed to improving prosecution through the use of technology throughout Maryland.