Sunday, February 22, 2009

Crime attacked on three fronts in Montgomery - Gazette

Illegal immigrant offenders, juveniles and prison terms targeted

by Sebastian Montes and C. Benjamin Ford | Staff Writers | Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Looking to beat back a spike in crime, Montgomery County is rolling out a three-pronged strategy that will add "new tools" to keep violent and repeat criminals off the streets.

Beginning next month, county officers will refer all suspects charged with violent crimes to federal immigration agents for possible deportation. The county is also lobbying state officials to make it harder for chronic juvenile offenders to qualify for release pending trial. And to bring Maryland's penal system in line with most other states, county leaders are backing legislation in Annapolis to require convicted criminals to serve more of their prison terms.

1 comment:

Laurie Kelly said...

I like this part the best: Chief Manger says, "I'm convinced that there's people in neighborhoods in Langley Park, undocumented residents, that are working their tails off, not committing any crimes, just trying to make a better life for themselves, their family, their kids, that are saying, ‘You know what, I'm glad these people are out of our neighborhood,'" Manger said.