In the Senate committee I serve on, Judicial Proceedings, my committee colleagues and I will have the opportunity to evaluate legislation that impacts criminal justice firsthand. It is important that in the context of cracking down on violent crime, we focus on ensuring that people convicted of committing violent crimes — including those involving firearms obtained illegally or used in a crime — receive the sentence time that is allowed for by law. Right now, police are making arrests and those charged are having the more serious offenses waived or pleaded down. Criminals, particularly those who commit crimes with guns, aren’t serving any real time until the crimes get very, very serious. This must change. We need to send a message to those who commit violent crimes in Maryland; if you do the crime, you will do hard time.