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July 29, 2007
Harford County has received approval for five grants from the Governor's Office on Crime Control and Prevention. The combined grants, totaling $201,866, will support efforts to reduce crime, violence and drug addiction in the county. Harford County Executive David R. Craig directed the Department of Community Services to seek the grants. The grants are: $76,956 for community prosecution related to the Harford County state's attorney's office. This grant will support the state's attorney's office in providing legal services to law enforcement officers, juvenile service agents, housing inspectors and parole and probation officers working as part of the CSAFE (Collaborative Supervision and Focused Enforcement)
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2013
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By Gail Gibson and Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF | March 30, 2004
The former director of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that he misappropriated $6.3 million in federal grant money, part of which allegedly paid for staff for former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. Stephen P. Amos, 44, pleaded not guilty to each of the three counts of misusing federal money. Magistrate Judge Susan K. Gauvey released Amos on his own recognizance after a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Amos declined to comment outside court.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell announced Thursday an effort to better share information about violent offenders, adding another jurisdiction to the state's regional partnerships. The new agreement, announced at Salisbury University, will allow parole and probation officials and police in both states to exchange information about daily arrests, and enable the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation to take action if a suspect from Maryland violates the terms of his release in Delaware.
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By Greg Garland and Michael Dresser and Greg Garland and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2002
A federal grand jury issued a new subpoena yesterday to the state anti-crime office for records of the work done by a former employee who said publicly this week that she was assigned to do a research project to benefit Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's campaign for governor. The claims made by Margaret T. Burns, former communications director of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, have been sharply disputed by past and present Townsend aides. The GOCCP is an agency overseen by Townsend, who is expected to face a close gubernatorial race against Republican Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. The latest subpoena asked for records of any database of grant information that Burns compiled or used while at the crime control office or the University of Maryland, College Park.
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By Gail Gibson and Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF | March 6, 2003
FBI agents investigating a state crime control office once overseen by former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend asked this week to review the agency's files on a Baltimore program that pairs felons leaving prison with mentors in the city's business community, sources close to the investigation said yesterday. The Yes NetWORK received a $180,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to launch the mentoring program more than a year ago. The nonprofit group was supposed to receive an additional $50,000 from the state agency, but its executive director said that funding was blocked this year after an outside evaluation raised questions about spending practices.
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By Gail Gibson and Greg Garland and Gail Gibson and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | August 22, 2002
Justice Department investigators trying to determine whether federal funds were misspent by a Maryland crime control office might face one central hurdle: vague guidelines established by their own agency for how the money can be used. The department's grant-making arm, the Office of Justice Programs, gives states broad discretion in allocating funds and hiring employees. That could complicate the work of FBI agents and U.S. prosecutors who, in determining whether rules were broken, must first figure out what the rules were.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2003
After many weeks of little visible activity, the U.S. attorney's office is stepping up its investigation into the practices of the governor's crime control office. Among other things, prosecutors appear to be examining whether the agency's executive director, Stephen Amos, complied with federal rules that restrict the amount of money from crime control grants that can be used for administrative expenses. In a subpoena, authorities asked for records of "meetings with Stephen Amos, notes, spreadsheets, charts, graphs or any other form of communication regarding administrative costs."
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | September 26, 2002
The Maryland attorney general's office has generally found nothing wrong with a state anti-crime agency hiring staffers through federal grants given to the University of Maryland, according to a memo from the office. But the detailed, 31-page memo, released yesterday, raises questions of whether the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention is properly meeting all state and federal reporting and oversight requirements. The memo, written by Assistant Attorney General Robert N. McDonald, came in response to a request from Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who oversees the work of the agency.
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By ANDREW A. GREEN and ANDREW A. GREEN,SUN REPORTER | November 16, 2005
An article yesterday should have reported that $181,000 in federal grants returned by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention because of inadequate record-keeping had been received by the state during the 1999-2002 budget years. A state audit that discussed the grants failed to include those dates. A child welfare agency within the governor's office failed to check whether its advertising dollars were actually spent on TV and radio air time, and an anti-crime agency run by the governor failed to exercise proper control over grant funding, costing the state $270,000, a legislative audit released yesterday found.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2011
Advocates for crime victims and those who provide services for them, including police, huddled Monday in Annapolis as they worked with state officials on ways to better help the thousands of people harmed by crime in Maryland each year. The sessions were the latest step toward the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention's plan to issue a report and recommendations this fall for improving assistance to crime victims. "This is the first-ever blueprint from victims," said Kristen Mahoney, executive director of the office that funnels federal and state grant money to law enforcement, nonprofit agencies and others.
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By Sumathi Reddy | August 22, 2007
Michael Sarbanes, a longtime civic activist and son of retired U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, airs the first television commercial of this year's City Council president race today, focusing on his family, background and goals. The 30-second spot ad will be aired on all local network affiliates through the Sept. 11 Democratic primary, according to the campaign, with additional spots to be added. What the ad says: The ad begins with Sarbanes, his wife and their three children standing in front of their Irvington home.
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July 29, 2007
Harford County has received approval for five grants from the Governor's Office on Crime Control and Prevention. The combined grants, totaling $201,866, will support efforts to reduce crime, violence and drug addiction in the county. Harford County Executive David R. Craig directed the Department of Community Services to seek the grants. The grants are: $76,956 for community prosecution related to the Harford County state's attorney's office. This grant will support the state's attorney's office in providing legal services to law enforcement officers, juvenile service agents, housing inspectors and parole and probation officers working as part of the CSAFE (Collaborative Supervision and Focused Enforcement)
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September 30, 2006
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. released two negative ads about Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley yesterday, attacking him on crime control, the city schools and other issues. Both are playing in the Baltimore media market. What the ads say: The first ad focuses on crime. With ominous music in the background and night scenes of Baltimore on the screen, a male announcer mimics the opening credits to the TV show Law and Order, saying, "In Baltimore's criminal justice system, there is talk, and there are facts."
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By GREG GARLAND and GREG GARLAND,SUN REPORTER | May 24, 2006
Saying that "simple justice demands it," Maryland's attorney general has asked a state board to consider paying nearly $200,000 in legal fees incurred by a former state agency head who was the subject of a lengthy federal investigation that ended with charges against him dropped. In a letter dated May 12 and obtained through a public records request, Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. wrote that Stephen P. Amos, former head of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, qualifies for reimbursement and that his request should be heard.
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By ERIC SIEGEL | February 23, 2006
This might come as scant surprise to some, but there seems to be far less enthusiasm for an audit of Baltimore's violent crime statistics in some struggling city neighborhoods than there is in political circles and on the campaign trail. It's not so much that community leaders regard the numbers as sacred. More important, they question how an examination - which Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm said last night he would support if it was independent and statewide - is going to make their neighborhoods safer.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 14, 2000
Adam Gelb, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's chief policy adviser, is leaving her office after 5 1/2 years. After handling a variety of anti-crime issues for Townsend, Gelb will go to work next month for a public-safety consultant in Montgomery County, he said yesterday. Gelb will be replaced in Townsend's office by Michael Sarbanes, who has been head of the Maryland Office of Crime Control and Prevention. Sarbanes is the son of U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Maryland Democrat.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | December 13, 2001
The state lost more than $400,000 in investment income over the last six years as a result of repeated accounting problems with federal grants handled by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention and other executive agencies, according to legislative auditors. In a biannual review of the executive branch, the auditors said that agencies failed to keep a timely and accurate account of federal grants despite repeated recommendations about fixing the problem. The latest round of criticism occurs at a time of fiscal belt-tightening throughout the state.
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By ANDREW A. GREEN AND JENNIFER SKALKA and ANDREW A. GREEN AND JENNIFER SKALKA,SUN REPORTERS | February 14, 2006
Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, the gubernatorial primary rival to Mayor Martin O'Malley, said yesterday that the mayor's claims of overseeing the biggest drop in violent crime in the nation are "very suspect" and should be subjected to an independent audit. Speaking in the basement of an East Baltimore church, Duncan, a Democrat, said his opponent artificially inflated crime numbers for the year before he took office to make his record look more impressive. Duncan referred to questions raised by criminologists in a Sun article last week about an audit O'Malley commissioned of Baltimore's crime statistics from 1999 and said the mayor has let his political ambitions get in the way of an honest assessment of his constituents' safety.
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By GREG GARLAND and GREG GARLAND,SUN REPORTER | February 10, 2006
Dissatisfied with the findings of federal and state investigators, the governor's chief lawyer has launched his own inquiry into nearly four-year-old allegations of wrongdoing at a state agency that oversees federal crime fighting grants. Jervis S. Finney acknowledged in an interview that he questioned four former agency employees - two within the past several weeks - in what he described as an effort to "ascertain the truth" about the way the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention did business before Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s election.
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