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Mission Statement

The Office of the State's Attorney is a constitutionally created independent agency. The mission of the Office of the State's Attorney 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 recommended FY19 Operating Budget for the Office of the State's Attorney is $18,120,054, an increase of $796,732 or 4.60 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $17,323,322. Personnel Costs comprise 95.47 percent of the budget for 146 full-time position(s) and 11 part-time position(s), and a total of 153.35 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 4.53 percent of the FY19 budget.


Linkage to County Result Areas

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

  • Safe Streets and Secure 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 FY18 estimates reflect funding based on the FY18 approved budget. The FY19 and FY20 figures are performance targets based on the FY19 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY20.

Accomplishments

  • The Mental Health Courts in Montgomery County's Circuit and District Courts, which opened in December 2016 and January 2017 respectively, were championed by State's Attorney John McCarthy in cooperation with the Sheriff's Office, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Circuit and District Court. These problem-solving courts divert eligible defendants who have committed low-level crimes because of a mental illness into treatment and away from jail - improving public safety by reducing recidivism and helping participants regain productive lives. Mental Health Courts help break the cycle of repeated arrests by addressing the cause of the criminal behavior.

  • During the 2017 school year, the State's Attorney's Office hosted 60 volunteer students who donated over 17,200 hours of their time. These students help screen cases, conduct legal research, contact victims and witnesses, and prepare cases for trial. Their service to the office equates to over eight full-time positions.

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...

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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 Special Prosecutions Division program investigates allegations of complex financial crimes such as real estate and other business investment fraud schemes for which the Department of Police is unable to provide investigative resources. The program...

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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 Office of the State's Attorney 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
FY17
Budget
FY18
Estimate
FY18
Recommended
FY19
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages11931994.0012375773.00 12501680.00 12861431.003.9
Employee Benefits3628584.003952026.00 3793942.00 4161705.005.3
County General Fund Personnel Costs15560578.0016327799.00 16295622.00 17023136.004.3
Operating Expenses949013.00860656.00 995211.00 820174.00-4.7
Capital Outlay6327.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Expenditures16515918.0017188455.00 17290833.00 17843310.003.8
PERSONNEL
Full-Time134.00138.00 138.00 142.002.9
Part-Time10.0010.00 10.00 10.000.0
FTEs142.31146.37 146.37 150.252.7
REVENUES
Discovery Materials900.007000.00 1400.00 7000.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues857.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Charges/Fees3755.004200.00 3800.00 4200.000.0
County General Fund Revenues5512.0011200.00 5200.00 11200.000.0
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages143306.00105572.00 105572.00 202955.0092.2
Employee Benefits33618.0029295.00 29295.00 73789.00151.9
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs176924.00134867.00 134867.00 276744.00105.2
Operating Expenses8702.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures185626.00134867.00 134867.00 276744.00105.2
PERSONNEL
Full-Time2.002.00 2.00 4.00100.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs1.050.98 0.98 3.10216.3
REVENUES
Federal Grants110758.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants74868.00134867.00 134867.00 276744.00105.2
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues185626.00134867.00 134867.00 276744.00105.2
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures16701544.0017323322.00 17425700.00 18120054.004.6
Total Full-Time Positions136.00140.00 140.00 146.004.3
Total Part-Time Positions11.0011.00 11.00 11.000.0
Total FTEs143.36147.35 147.35 153.354.1
Total Revenues191138.00146067.00 140067.00 287944.0097.1
FY19 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION17188455146.37
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Gang Unit Supplemental [Circuit Court Prosecution]3104994.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment4841440.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Lapsed Positions1384370.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs1319460.00
Increase Cost: Salary Plan783580.00
Increase Cost: JustWare- Grand Jury Program/Application [Administration]656820.00
Increase Cost: Mandated Salary Adjustment , Section 2-123A (b)22090.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail9890.00
Increase Cost: Justware Renewal and Support4260.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment1730.00
Technical Adj: Adjust FTE to Align with Grant Budget Load0-0.12
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-823810.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY18 [Administration]-1100000.00
Decrease Cost: Turnover Savings [Circuit Court Prosecution]-3656270.00
FY19 RECOMMENDED17843310150.25
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION1348670.98
Federal/State Programs
Add: Victim Services Grant1447762.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Increase in Grant Award [Administration]44030.00
Technical Adj: Reallocation of FTEs00.12
Decrease Cost: Reduction of Drug Court Grant Award [District Court Prosecution]-73020.00
FY19 RECOMMENDED2767443.10
Program Summary
Program NameFY18 APPR
Expenditures
FY18 APPR
FTEs
FY19 REC
Expenditures
FY19 REC
FTEs
Administration186742414.60184960614.00
Circuit Court Prosecution747395357.93797532762.72
Juvenile Court Prosecution180186616.50189975216.50
District Court Prosecution273863725.57272906825.38
District Court Screening and Mediation139012214.50143507614.50
Victim/Witness Court Assistance4232244.005554436.00
Major Fraud and Special Investigations4653375.004839775.00
Prosecution Management11627599.2511918059.25
Total17323322147.3518120054153.35
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY18
Total$
FY18
FTES
FY19
Total$
FY19
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
PoliceGeneral Fund1162100.501146630.50
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY19FY20FY21FY22FY23FY24
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY19 Recommended17843.00000017843.00000017843.00000017843.00000017843.00000017843.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Recommended in FY190.000000-66.000000-66.000000-66.000000-66.000000-66.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY19, including Justware- Grand Jury Program/Application, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.000000315.000000315.000000315.000000315.000000315.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures17843.00000018092.00000018092.00000018092.00000018092.00000018092.000000