» For one, the city needs to do a better job at making witnesses feel protected. The states attorney’s office has greatly expanded its victim and witness services programs, including opening a redesigned waiting room in the Mitchell courthouse to incorporate trauma-informed components that address the anxiety witnesses may feel before testifying. But until this year the witness protection program was largely underfunded and ran a deficit, meaning the office could only help so many people. Gov. Larry Hogan added more than $2 million in this year’s budget for witness protection in Baltimore, and hopefully that will go along way in protecting families. People aren’t going to testify against people who they may have to walk by every morning. We also need a strategy to convince more people to enter witness protection, even though it may mean leaving friends and family behind.