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.