Term: 4 Years

Salary: $82,300

QUESTION: What is the most important problem facing the criminal justice system and how will you address it?


(1 seat)

William R. Hymes (Democrat)

Richard J. Kinlein (Repbulican)

William R. Hymes (D)

3109 Hearthstone Rd., Ellicott City

Age: 63


State's attorney for Howard County, 12 years; member, American, Maryland and Howard County bar associations; past president, State's Attorneys Association; board member, National District Attorneys Association; elder, Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church; member, all Democratic Clubs in Howard County, Mount Hebron High School PTA, Heart Fund, Plumbing Code Advisory Commission, Regional Planning Council, Drug Coordinating Council, Howard Lodge No. 101 AF&AM, Boumi Temple, Lisbon Volunteer Fire Co., VFW Post No. 8097, American Legion Post No. 152, North St. John's Community Association and Howard County Citizens Association. A.

The principal issue is whether victims should be represented by full-time professional prosecutors, or by part-time assistants who may have more interest in their private practice than in the victim of the crime. My opponent advocates part-time service for assistants and will permit them to engage in private practice. I started the requirement, and have insisted, that all prosecutors serve on a full-time basis, without private practice. The drug problem is, and will be, our most important problem. This kind of crime has caused a serious problem for our criminal justice system in the form of the total number of crimes committed, the alarming number of cases passing through our courts and the effect on the general public. As state's attorney I have been, and we must continue to be, firm in prosecution of these cases in order to send a message to individuals who would engage in such activity.

Richard J. Kinlein (R)

587 W. Watersville Rd., Mount Airy

Age: 54

Sole practitioner engaged in general practice of law since 1975; state's attorney for Howard County, 1963-66; graduate of University of Maryland School of Law, 1960; director, Maryland Association of State's Attorneys, 1968-70; charter member, Maryland Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys; member, Maryland State Bar Association; past president, Howard County Bar Association; married; six children and soon five grandchildren. A.

The most important problem facing the criminal justice system today is the problem of addictions. Everyone is acquainted with or knows of someone suffering from an addiction. Controlled substances and alcohol cases fill our courts, causing unmanageable backlogs. Persons suffering from addictions overcrowd correctional facilities, often causing persons who have committed crimes against persons or property to be released early in order to make room within the facility. I propose expanding educational programs, creating diversionary measures and developing innovative rehabilitation concepts rather than continuing to deal with the problem with traditional punitive measures. I recommend converting Patuxent Institution into a long-term treatment and educational facility, consistent with its original purpose; creating a program of turn-in and treatment to allow concerned parents and friends to seek help from the government without fear of prosecution; and enlisting an army of volunteer counselors to assist Howard County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Center programs.