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July 17, 2009 – Comments (6)

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Worthy: Cuts hamper crime fight

BY KATHLEEN GRAY • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • July 16, 2009

Low-priority crimes like breaking and entering might not be prosecuted and the conviction rates will continue to decline if the proposed budget for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is approved, Prosecutor Kym Worthy told commissioners this morning.

“We can’t even cover our courtrooms anymore,” Worthy said in vehemently disagreeing with the $28-million general fund budget proposed for the prosecutor’s office by Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano. “At some point, if the budget continues to be cut, we’re going to have to start making decisions about what crimes we prosecute.”

The county is facing a $105-million deficit in its 2009-10 budget and has told department heads that 20% has to be cut from the overall budget. The 8% proposed cut to the prosecutor’s office would translate into 54 fewer employees and $6 million less than the prosecutor has asked for the upcoming fiscal year.

Worthy said she has cut her budget tremendously, going from 320 employees to 275 since taking office in 2004.

She plans on doing things like cutting out cleaning services for her office and exploring the possibility, with the courts and clerks office, to go to a four-day work week. She’s even suggested to Gov. Jennifer Granholm that she not fill vacancies in the Wayne County courts for a short period of time to save money.

“I know times are tough, but I don’t care about any other department. I care about mine,” she said. “I’m not a prima donna, but we’re losing cases now that we shouldn’t because we don’t have enough people.”

Worthy got hearty support from commissioners during a budget hearing this morning.

“She needs all the help we can give her,” said commissioner Keith Williams, D-Detroit. “Do we need to see another kid shot in Detroit?”

And commissioner Burton Leland, D-Detroit, added, “The No. 1 problem in the city is crime. If there’s not a certainty of punishment here, this is the place where they come to do their business. You’re the last department we should cut.”

Budget hearings continue through July and the final fiscal plan will be voted on by the commission next month.

 

6 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On July 17, 2009 at 8:27 AM, catoismymotor (32.33) wrote:

I smell another Snake Plissken movie in the works.

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#2) On July 17, 2009 at 8:55 AM, madcowmonkey (< 20) wrote:

More bad news.....a tanker of gasonline was part of an accident yesterday underneath the bridge on 9 mile and Woodward. It has approximately 110,000 cars a day that go over it and now the road under the bridge and the bridge itself are burned to a crispy hot pocket and laying in rubble. Irony is that they just rebuilt it last year and put a good amount of money into it.

Crime, roads, and the governor are all hot topics in Detroit, but the biggest is jobs. Jobs will take care of 2 out of the 3 hot topics in Detroit. 

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#3) On July 17, 2009 at 9:19 AM, rmiers (27.57) wrote:

There used to be a idiom that said "the buck stops here" A famous democrat said it and truer words were never spoken. It seems to me that detroit is broken, and that it is everyones fault. the voters, teachers. parents, cops, and most of all the leadership. If one wants to live in a hellhole, so be it. This is the people of detroit who have turned to a third world existance including this sorry excuse of a prosecuter and the same for their legal system.

sage advice, you broke it, you fix it. If you have to, work for free, fix your city, hire some adults with character. lock up bad guys.

If you keep losing cases, get juries who care about your city and their families

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#4) On July 17, 2009 at 9:25 AM, BMFPitt (77.97) wrote:

Just turn the city over to OCP and they'll fix everything.

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#5) On July 17, 2009 at 9:25 AM, rmiers (27.57) wrote:

There used to be a idiom that said "the buck stops here" A famous democrat said it and truer words were never spoken. It seems to me that detroit is broken, and that it is everyones fault. the voters, teachers. parents, cops, and most of all the leadership. If one wants to live in a hellhole, so be it. This is the people of detroit who have turned to a third world existance including this sorry excuse of a prosecuter and the same for their legal system.

sage advice, you broke it, you fix it. If you have to, work for free, fix your city, hire some adults with character. lock up bad guys.

If you keep losing cases, get juries who care about your city and their families

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#6) On July 17, 2009 at 11:05 AM, edgebander (99.00) wrote:

I wonder if they keep losing cases because like every other city in America the cops just over charge people for crimes in the hope that they plead down the charges.  Maybe people are getting smarter and forcing the cops to prove there case. 

I have an idea maybe for every time a person is charged with a crime and they prove themselves innocent maybe the police officers should be charged with filing a false arrest.  I wonder how many bogus charges would be laid when cops have to carry some of the burden of their decisions.  I suspect that would deal with some of the back log and possibly solve the entire systems problems. 

Wow what a concept hold our elected officials criminally responsible for things and follow that up by holding all civil workers responsible to a code of conduct.  Now I know that would do some good.

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