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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 recommended FY23 Operating Budget for the State's Attorney's Office is $21,062,282, an increase of $1,781,575 or 9.24 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $19,280,707. Personnel Costs comprise 91.05 percent of the budget for 151 full-time position(s) and eight part-time position(s), and a total of 156.25 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 8.95 percent of the FY23 budget.

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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Program 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 FY22 estimates reflect funding based on the FY22 approved budget. The FY23 and FY24 figures are performance targets based on the FY23 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY24.

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Initiatives

  • Funding to replace legacy case management system with a new cloud-based system that will allow for better data analysis and a faster transfer of information from the courts.
  • Add two Assistant State's Attorney positions to support the Circuit Court Prosecution Unit.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • The State's Attorney's Office continues to have a robust internship program. In 2021, the internship program added over 14,160 hours of service to the office which equates to 6.8 FTEs. The internship program has students from high school, undergraduate school, law school, and recent law school graduates as participants.

  • The State's Attorney's Office and its partner agencies (the Sheriff's Office, Department of Police, County Executive's Office and Commission for Women) were recipients of a 2021 National Association of Counites Achievement Award for their Family Violence Awareness Campaign during the pandemic.

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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact Lisa Russo of the State's Attorney's Office at 240.777.7407 or Taman Morris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2771 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY21
Budget
FY22
Estimate
FY22
Recommended
FY23
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages13765468.0014121061.00 14155577.00 14693376.004.1
Employee Benefits3988619.004101594.00 3961839.00 4223237.003.0
County General Fund Personnel Costs17754087.0018222655.00 18117416.00 18916613.003.8
Operating Expenses599662.00786326.00 753421.00 1884663.00139.7
Capital Outlay9914.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Expenditures18363663.0019008981.00 18870837.00 20801276.009.4
PERSONNEL
Full-Time144.00144.00 144.00 147.002.1
Part-Time8.008.00 8.00 7.00-12.5
FTEs151.18151.15 151.15 153.851.8
REVENUES
Miscellaneous Revenues7.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Charges/Fees1621.003000.00 3000.00 2500.00-16.7
County General Fund Revenues1628.003000.00 3000.00 2500.00-16.7
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages217376.00200443.00 200443.00 192871.00-3.8
Employee Benefits53534.0071283.00 71283.00 68135.00-4.4
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs270910.00271726.00 271726.00 261006.00-3.9
Operating Expenses68093.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures339003.00271726.00 271726.00 261006.00-3.9
PERSONNEL
Full-Time4.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs2.672.70 2.70 2.40-11.1
REVENUES
Federal Grants266975.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants72028.00271726.00 271726.00 261006.00-4.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues339003.00271726.00 271726.00 261006.00-3.9
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures18702666.0019280707.00 19142563.00 21062282.009.2
Total Full-Time Positions148.00148.00 148.00 151.002.0
Total Part-Time Positions9.009.00 9.00 8.00-11.1
Total FTEs153.85153.85 153.85 156.251.6
Total Revenues340631.00274726.00 274726.00 263506.00-4.1
FY23 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION19008981151.15
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Funding to Replace Legacy Case Management System [Administration]11000000.00
Add: Two Assistant State's Attorney Positions [Circuit Court Prosecution]1715782.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases4069520.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment3390500.00
Increase Cost: Salary Plan [Circuit Court Prosecution]282770.00
Increase Cost: Funding to Convert Part-time IT Position to Full-time [Administration]184630.40
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment26130.00
Increase Cost: State's Attorney Compensation Adjustment [Administration]26110.00
Technical Adj: Reallocation of Grant/General Fund FTEs [Circuit Court Prosecution]00.10
Technical Adj: Reallocation of Grant/ General Fund FTEs [Victim/Witness Court Assistance]00.08
Technical Adj: Reallocation of Grant/General Fund FTEs [District Court Prosecution]00.03
Technical Adj: Reallocation of Grant/ General Fund FTEs [Administration]00.09
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-42760.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs-787320.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-1942410.00
FY23 RECOMMENDED20801276153.85
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION2717262.70
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Technical Adj: Reallocation of Grant/General Fund FTEs [Administration]0-0.09
Technical Adj: Reallocation of Grant/General Fund FTEs [Victim/Witness Court Assistance]0-0.08
Technical Adj: Reallocation of Grant/General Fund FTEs [District Court Prosecution]0-0.03
Technical Adj: Reallocation of Grant/General Fund FTEs [Circuit Court Prosecution]-10720-0.10
FY23 RECOMMENDED2610062.40
Program Summary
Program NameFY22 APPR
Expenditures
FY22 APPR
FTEs
FY23 REC
Expenditures
FY23 REC
FTEs
Administration163589612.75283404713.06
Circuit Court Prosecution911518664.75912309664.75
District Court Prosecution268316025.12304348627.13
District Court Screening and Mediation152768913.50153228513.50
Juvenile Court Prosecution214109217.50223810717.50
Major Fraud and Special Investigations5367155.005715885.00
Prosecution Management109156910.00113490910.00
Victim/Witness Court Assistance5494005.235847645.31
Total19280707153.8521062282156.25
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY22
Total$
FY22
FTES
FY23
Total$
FY23
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
PoliceGeneral Fund1561281.001689901.00
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY23FY24FY25FY26FY27FY28
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY23 Recommended20801.00000020801.00000020801.00000020801.00000020801.00000020801.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Recommended in FY230.000000-1100.000000-1100.000000-1100.000000-1100.000000-1100.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY23 including funding for a case management system, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.000000885.000000885.000000885.000000885.000000885.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures20801.00000020586.00000020586.00000020586.00000020586.00000020586.000000