Prosecutors Release New Data to Combat “Misinformation” about Conviction Rates

BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Baltimore’s top prosecutor releases new data defending her conviction rates as her opponents criticize them.

“I stand by my prosecutors. When you consider all of the external sort of challenges we’ve been faced with in the past three years, and the fact we have been able to maintain such a strong and solid conviction rate,” Mosby said.

At a Wednesday news conference, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby released new data about cases dropped by her office, and defended her office’s fight against violent crime in the city.

Fox45’s Operation: Crime and Justice has reported on Mosby’s conviction rate, and how it can change when one factors in dropped cases, or not. Mosby’s felony conviction rate for 2017 was 92% without calculating dropped cases. Including dropped cases, the conviction rate drops to 56%.

“There’s been a lot of misinformation about what’s been happening in my office, and I want to be sure that we are accurate,” Mosby said at the press conference.

There was a point when dropped cases were a part of Mosby’s conviction rate. Her office now says that’s not an accurate way to calculate rates, or a fair reflection of her office’s court performance.

“It may not be an indicator of how they’re performing in court, but it’s definitely an indicator of how they’re performing out of court, and where the taxpayer money is going,” former prosecutor Jeremy Eldridge said.

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