Baltimore awarded $600,000 for criminal justice initiatives

State grants would fund efforts to process charges for juveniles more quickly and develop a database of juvenile vehicle thefts

August 08, 2012|By Luke Broadwater | The Baltimore Sun

The city of Baltimore on Wednesday accepted about $600,000 in state grants for a variety of criminal justice initiatives.

The grants will fund efforts to process charges for juveniles more quickly, develop a database of juvenile vehicle thefts, fund overtime for a gun trace task force and train investigators of sexual assaults.

The city’s spending panel, the Board of Estimates, approved the grants Wednesday. Sheryl Goldstein, who recently resigned as the director of the mayor’s office of criminal justice, was frequently praised at City Hall for her ability to secure grants for police initiatives. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is searching for her replacement. Leyla Layman is the agency’s acting director.

The grants are: 

* The state of Maryland is providing $386,100 for the city to hire six staffers who will work to process juveniles more quickly at the Juvenile Justice Center, sometimes referred to as “baby booking.”

* The state is also providing $45,800 for the city state’s attorney’s office to hire a law clerk to maintain a database of juvenile vehicle thefts.

* Maryland is also awarding Baltimore police $84,800 to fund the city’s gun violence reduction program, including paying for overtime for the Gun Trace Task Force.

* Lastly, the state is providing $56,800 to help fund the city’s sexual assault respond program, including training for investigators of such crimes. 

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