April 9, 2013
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
April 9, 2013
8 to 9 a.m.
Executive Conference Room Old Court House, Mezzanine Level
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
- Kim Barranco, Baltimore City, CJCC
- Aimee Bollinger-Smith, Department of Social Services
- Joe Clocker, DPSCS – Community Supervision
- Judge Kathleen Cox, Circuit Court for Baltimore County
- Mike Esposito, District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County
- Celena Falline, Department of Juvenile Services
- Dave Goldman, Bureau of Behavioral Health
- Chief James Johnson, Police Department
- Tanya Jones, Community Colleges of Baltimore County
- Cass Jorgensen, Department of Aging
- Jim McClafferty, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services
- Donna Morrison, Deputy Administrative Officer
- Deborah Richardson, Department of Corrections
- Don Schlimm, Local Management Board
- Scott Shellenberger, Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office
- Timothy Sheridan, Circuit Court for Baltimore County
- Esteban Soto, Community Colleges of Baltimore County
- Sharon Tyler, Department of Corrections
- Judge Alexandra Williams, District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County
- Donald Zaremba, Office of the Public Defender
Welcome-Approval of Minutes
Chief Johnson welcomed everyone to the April meeting of the Baltimore County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Minutes of the February 13, 2013 meeting were presented, and a motion was made, seconded, and carried to adopt the minutes as presented.
Committee Reports and Updates
Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
Aimee Bollinger-Smith shared information regarding the 7th Annual Domestic Violence Conference “In Plain Sight” which is scheduled for September 20, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Timonium. Ms. Smith also reported that efforts are underway to seek a replacement for Marci Van de Mark.
Offender Employment Network:
Copies of the minutes from the committee’s meeting of March 1, 2013 were included in the meeting packets. Ms. Tyler highlighted the actions of Humanium, and the community service initiative which requires delinquent child support clients to do community service in lieu of incarceration.
Forensic Mental Health Workgroup
No report due to March meeting postponement until 5/8/13.
Juveniles/Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee
No report due to committee meeting postponement until 4/24/13.
Police Department – Chief Johnson
Chief Johnson reported that overall crime numbers were down, noting that the department’s case clearance rate for violent crime is 28 percent higher than the national average, and 13 percent higher for property crime.
Chief Johnson commented that the Police Department’s overtime budget is balanced, but expenditures have been up. The department is working to identify the cause; however, he believes that this increase can be attributed to court scheduling. Scott Shellenberger commented that part of the problem could be attributed to the fact that there has been a shift in court scheduling in that more people are praying jury trials which has increased the workload in the Circuit Court and the number of postponements in the District Court. Mr. Shellenberger advised that he is working on changing the procedures to pray a jury trial. Judge Williams added that the District Court is looking to move some of the caseload away from the Catonsville D/CT which carries the heaviest caseload.
Chief Johnson advised that the department continues to look at positions within the agency that could be handled by a professional staff member rather than a sworn police officer. Retired police officers have been placed in the Courts to work as liaisons, replacing active sworn officers.
The topic of speed cameras was discussed in great detail. Chief advised that studies show we experience a decrease in overall speeding where we have placed cameras. The County is ready to add 14 more cameras within the next three weeks. All will have a 30-day warning period once installed. The department is increasing staffing on reviewers. There have been recommendations regarding the use of school bus cameras and stop sign cameras. This technology is out there and used primarily on the West coast.
Mr. Shellenberger expanded on the dialogue regarding how to solve the problem with people praying jury trials. We’re seeing this more and more with speeding, hit and run, and DUI cases. This problem has increased the workload of his staff and is taking time away from handling more serious crimes.
Mr. Zaremba reported that HB153 died in the House during the legislative session. This legislation pitted the Public Defender’s Office against the private bar. There were many potential problems associated with this legislation and he was glad to see it fail.
Judge Williams reported that electronic courts are coming within the next two years. Anne Arundel County will be the first test site. This new technology will increase interoperability among agencies, and the judiciary will be paperless.
Cass Jorgensen shared information regarding the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Rally and Seminar scheduled for June 14, 2013 at the Towson Library.
Tanya Jones introduced Esteban Soto who will be assuming her position at CCBC. Tanya received a promotion and will be the new Campus Director at CCBC-Dundalk.
Don Schlimm discussed Parent Child Interaction Therapy in which a therapist works one on one with a parent and child, ages two to seven years old. This therapy occurs in a playroom setting, and the goal is to teach parents how to positively manage a child’s behavior.
Deborah Richardson reported that HB1475 died in the House during the legislative session. This legislation dealt with the Correctional Officers Bill of Rights and the department opposed it due to fiscal barriers. She reported that the population at the Detention Center is down, currently at 1,150 compared to 1,350 this time last year. Ms. Richardson advised that they are still working on video bail arraignments in the Circuit Court. It looks like this option will be implemented towards the end of the summer.
Mr. McClafferty commented on the Youth Violence Conference held last week. He advised that he will be retiring on June 1, 2013, and that Celena Falline, Assistant Regional Director, will be replacing him on the CJCC. Congratulations were extended by all to Mr. McClafferty on his service to the State of Maryland and Baltimore County.
Mr. Sheridan reported that the Circuit Court is moving forward with video arraignments, bail reviews and bench warrant cases. He also commented that the increase in pray jury trials affects the Courts budget with increased costs for the juror pool. Mr. Sheridan advised that the Juvenile Drug Court will be moving to the 4th floor of the Courts Building.
Mr. Goldman reported that they have received a grant to provide overtime monies for age alcohol and tobacco enforcement. He advised that use of K2 (synthetic marijuana) has increased. This is a very dangerous drug that people can purchase at convenience stores. Efforts are underway to convince the business community to not sell this product. Judge Cox mentioned that normal drug tests do not test for synthetic marijuana. There are additional costs to request the extra test for this product.
Kim Barranco discussed HB 1340 which passed during the legislative session. This legislation raised eviction notice filing fees, and allows the Sheriff to take over service of protective orders. They will be working on this transition immediately and hope to have it implemented before July.
Donna Morrison welcomed Deb Richardson to the CJCC, and recognized Chief Johnson for his work on gun control legislation, nationally and statewide. She reminded everyone that the County Executive’s budget message was scheduled for Monday, 4/15/13 at 10 a.m.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting date is June 11, 2013.