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Patricia C. Jessamy
Resides: Original Northwood
Party affiliation: Democrat
Education: Jackson State University, B.A., 1970; University of Mississippi School of Law, 1974
Experience: Attorney in Mississippi, Missouri and Michigan, 1974-1983; Baltimore assistant state's attorney, 1985-1987; Baltimore deputy state's attorney, 1987-1995; Baltimore state's attorney, 1995 to today.
Biggest concern: Improving resources and filling vacant positions to better prosecute violent offenders.
Prosecution philosophy: Creating prevention programs to keep kids from becoming criminals, building federal partnerships and making strong cases against violent criminals .
Political pledge: [I will] continue the progress which has seen historic reductions in violent crime in Baltimore… [and the] visionary leadership and capable management of a state's attorney's office.
Critics say: She has a strained relationship with police and does a poor job prosecuting violent criminals.
August 16, 2010