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Mission Statement

The State's Attorney's Office is a constitutionally created independent agency. The mission of the State's Attorney's Office is to serve the public interest through the fair and honest administration of justice by exercising its responsibilities to: prosecute criminal violations in Montgomery County, educate the public with regard to criminal justice issues, provide training to lawyers for future service, address inequality and promote fairness in the criminal justice system, ensure access to the criminal justice system, promote professional relations with judges and attorneys, and further the efficient use of criminal justice resources.

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Budget Overview

The total approved FY20 Operating Budget for the State's Attorney's Office is $18,841,668, an increase of $721,614 or 3.98 percent from the FY19 Approved Budget of $18,120,054. Personnel Costs comprise 95.90 percent of the budget for 147 full-time position(s) and 11 part-time position(s), and a total of 153.85 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 4.10 percent of the FY20 budget.

Consistent with the County Charter, the County Executive makes recommendations on the operating budget for all County departments, offices, and agencies. However, recognizing the Charter-defined roles, the Executive defers significantly to Legislative and Judicial Branch agencies. Questions regarding the approved budgets for Judicial Branch departments should be directed to Lisa Russo, 240-777-7407.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following is emphasized:

  • Safe Neighborhoods

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Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY19 estimates reflect funding based on the FY19 approved budget. The FY20 and FY21 figures are performance targets based on the FY20 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY21.

Accomplishments

  • During the 2018 school year, the State's Attorney's Office had 50 law school interns and three fellows who donated over 15,700 hours of their time to the office. These students help screen cases, conduct legal research, contact victims and witnesses, and prepare cases for trial. Their service equates to over 7.5 full time positions.
  • The Mental Health Courts in Montgomery County's Circuit and District Courts opened in December 2016 and January 2017 respectively. The Mental Health Courts have graduated 23 people, and only one participant has recidivated.

Program Descriptions

  Administration

Staff provides central services in areas of budget, personnel, automated systems management, general office management, and public information. In addition, staff coordinates efforts and initiatives with other criminal justice agencies....

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  Circuit Court Prosecution

The Circuit Court Prosecution program reviews cases for possible filing in the Circuit Court by presenting these cases to the Grand Jury for indictment or filing a Circuit Court information (charging document). After charges are filed, the State's Attorney's Office litigates these cases to disposition. Senior Assistant State's Attorneys provide...

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  Juvenile Court Prosecution

The Juvenile Court Prosecution program prosecutes criminal violations committed by juvenile offenders in Montgomery County and performs a preliminary review of all cases in which a juvenile is charged with a violent crime. This includes cases which have been reviewed by the Juvenile Services Administration and then referred to the...

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  District Court Prosecution

The District Court Prosecution program prosecutes criminal cases including misdemeanor arrests, citizen complaints, and serious or incarcerable traffic offenses. The State's Attorney's Office has also implemented a Domestic Violence docket in District Court to ensure that assault cases of a domestic nature and violations of protective orders are given special...

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  District Court Screening and Mediation

The District Court Screening program resolves cases before the trial date by contacting victims and witnesses to determine what outcome they would like to obtain from the criminal justice system. This program relies on volunteers and is supervised by permanent staff. It provides victim/witness assistance by delivering information about the...

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  Victim/Witness Court Assistance

This program assists victims in criminal cases that have been designated as "victim-intensive" by virtue of the vulnerability of the victim or the type of crime. Victims receive direct court assistance from a Victim/Witness Coordinator. The coordinator guides the victim through the judicial process, provides assistance where necessary, and makes...

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  Major Fraud and Special Investigations

The Major Fraud and Special Investigations Division investigates allegations of complex financial crimes such as real estate and other business investment fraud schemes for which the Police Department is unable to provide investigative resources. The division also investigates allegations of thefts involving attorneys stealing from clients, financial exploitation of elderly...

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  Prosecution Management

Prosecution Management staff coordinate case loads; schedule docket assignments; receive visitors; direct phone calls; and enter and audit data in the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) for the Circuit, District, and Juvenile Courts....

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Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact Lisa Russo of the State's Attorney's Office at 240.777.7407 or Trevor Lobaugh of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2763 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY18
Budget
FY19
Estimate
FY19
Approved
FY20
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages12434309.0012861431.00 12907284.00 13370509.004.0
Employee Benefits3825687.004161705.00 3980042.00 4426108.006.4
County General Fund Personnel Costs16259996.0017023136.00 16887326.00 17796617.004.5
Operating Expenses1015816.00820174.00 1083574.00 773325.00-5.7
Capital Outlay11521.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Expenditures17287333.0017843310.00 17970900.00 18569942.004.1
PERSONNEL
Full-Time138.00142.00 142.00 143.000.7
Part-Time10.0010.00 10.00 10.000.0
FTEs146.37150.25 150.25 150.980.5
REVENUES
Discovery Materials0.007000.00 0.00 0.00-100.0
Miscellaneous Revenues691.000.00 3527.00 0.000.0
Other Charges/Fees3800.004200.00 3800.00 3800.00-9.5
County General Fund Revenues4491.0011200.00 7327.00 3800.00-66.1
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages226108.00202955.00 202955.00 198509.00-2.2
Employee Benefits62843.0073789.00 73789.00 73217.00-0.8
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs288951.00276744.00 276744.00 271726.00-1.8
Operating Expenses30079.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures319030.00276744.00 276744.00 271726.00-1.8
PERSONNEL
Full-Time2.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs0.983.10 3.10 2.87-7.4
REVENUES
Federal Grants166246.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants151968.00276744.00 276744.00 271726.00-1.8
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues318214.00276744.00 276744.00 271726.00-1.8
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures17606363.0018120054.00 18247644.00 18841668.004.0
Total Full-Time Positions140.00146.00 146.00 147.000.7
Total Part-Time Positions11.0011.00 11.00 11.000.0
Total FTEs147.35153.35 153.35 153.850.3
Total Revenues322705.00287944.00 284071.00 275526.00-4.3
FY20 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY19 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION17843310150.25
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Replace Lost State Grant Funding for One Senior Legal Assistant in the Gang Unit [Victim/Witness Court Assistance]754411.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY20 Compensation Adjustment5516250.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY19 Personnel Costs3473940.00
Increase Cost: State's Attorney's Office Salary Plan901950.00
Increase Cost: Purchase 100 Adobe Acrobat Annual Subscriptions [Administration]150000.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment95950.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment38330.00
Increase Cost: Mandated Salary Adjustment, Section 2-123A (b)25390.00
Technical Adj: Reallocation of Grant Fund FTEs00.24
Technical Adj: Grant Reconciliation Adjustment-828-0.01
Technical Adj: Changes in Net-Gross Charges to Police-26580-0.50
Decrease Cost: Turnover Savings [Administration]-326160.00
Decrease Cost: Lapse Secretary to State's Attorney Position [Administration]-645440.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY19-656820.00
Decrease Cost: Turnover Savings-1787400.00
FY20 APPROVED18569942150.98
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY19 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION2767443.10
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Technical Adj: Reallocation of FTEs for GVRG Gun Violence Reduction Grant [District Court Prosecution]0-0.02
Technical Adj: Reallocation of FTEs for VAWA STOP Violence Against Women Grant [District Court Prosecution]0-0.02
Technical Adj: Grant Reconciliation00.01
Technical Adj: Reallocation of FTEs for VOCA Victim Services Grant0-0.22
Technical Adj: Reallocation of FTEs for Drug Court Grant00.02
Technical Adj: Reduction of VOCA Victim Services Award-50180.00
FY20 APPROVED2717262.87
Program Summary
Program NameFY19 APPR
Expenditures
FY19 APPR
FTEs
FY20 APPR
Expenditures
FY20 APPR
FTEs
Administration184960614.00182428912.85
Circuit Court Prosecution797532762.72864171365.00
Juvenile Court Prosecution189975216.50210856517.50
District Court Prosecution272906825.38259288825.62
District Court Screening and Mediation143507614.50139162213.50
Victim/Witness Court Assistance5554436.005165495.13
Major Fraud and Special Investigations4839775.005275605.00
Prosecution Management11918059.2512384829.25
Total18120054153.3518841668153.85
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY19
Total$
FY19
FTES
FY20
Total$
FY20
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
PoliceGeneral Fund1146630.501415161.00
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY20FY21FY22FY23FY24FY25
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY20 Approved18570.00000018570.00000018570.00000018570.00000018570.00000018570.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Restore One-Time Lapse Increase0.00000065.00000065.00000065.00000065.00000065.000000
Restoration of one-time lapse adjustment in the budget development year
Labor Contracts0.000000317.000000317.000000317.000000317.000000317.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures18570.00000018952.00000018952.00000018952.00000018952.00000018952.000000