02/24/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/23/2021 15:25
Letter calls on Garland to Hold Rogue Police Accountable and End Mass Incarceration
Baltimore (February 23, 2020) - State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has led a letter to the U.S. Senate in support of Merrick Garland as Attorney General. The letter is signed by 16 progressive prosecutors, including Larry Krasner, Rachael Rollins, Chesa Boudin, and Kim Foxx.
It calls on Judge Garland to commit 'to holding rogue police officers and departments accountable, reducing racial disparities in our criminal justice system and ending mass incarceration.' The letter also urges a departure from the practices of the Trump Administration Justice Department, criticizing them after they 'stopped the use of consent decrees and civil rights investigations that held police departments accountable; took an enforcement-only approach to the overdose crisis; supported private prisons; pushed for tougher penalties on fentanyl; opposed any type of sentencing reform'.
The letter follows high-level meetings that State's Attorney Mosby has chaired with progressive prosecutors and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials, including the nominee for Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco in early February (link to photo). In these meetings, Mosby discussed the work her office has done and the need for DOJ to collaborate with local prosecutors to reform the criminal justice system.
To read the full letter, click here.