Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy is heading to the General Assembly session to push for tougher gang laws. In the past, legislators have weakened her efforts to tighten laws and penalties to go after witness intimidation cases.
Here is a brief statement from her office, followed by a more detailed list of her legislative priorities:
STATE’S ATTORNEY JESSAMY TO ATTEND OPENING OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S 2010 SESSION
Baltimore, MD – January 13, 2010 – State’s Attorney Jessamy is scheduled to attend the opening of the Maryland General Assembly’s 2010 Legislative session today. Of critical importance to Baltimore is to gain support for revising the 2007 gang statute. Specifically:
° Removing complex language from the current gang definition
° Establishing a statewide gang member validation criteria
° Adding additional gang related offenses to the list of underlying crimes
° Making the penalty for a violation of the statute a true enhancement sentence.