Prosecutors in Prince George’s County on Tuesday received a boost in their efforts to track and crack down on criminals who violate the terms of their parole and probation with the announcement by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) of a $306,605 grant for that purpose.
Authorities said the state’s attorney’s office in Prince George’s will use the funds to create a new collateral offender unit. The team will consist of two prosecutors and two paralegals who will identify and prosecute parole violators, officials said. The members of the unit will handle parole violation cases exclusively, O’Malley said.
“This joint effort between our federal, state, and local partners will remove dangerous offenders from the streets of Prince George’s County, creating safer communities for our families and children,”O’Malley said.
State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks said, “Prosecuting repeat violent offenders who violate their parole and probation will dramatically reduce the number of criminals who continue to choose a life of crime.”
The grant funds are from the governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, under the federal Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (BJAG).
Officials said Maryland’s two Democratic senators, Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin, have been key supporters of the grant program.
Mikulski is chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, which decides how much money goes into the BGAJ.
“This funding is a federal investment in keeping our communities strong and thriving,” Mikulski said. “It will help keep Marylanders safe in their neighborhoods.”