UPPER MARLBORO – Aisha N. Braveboy, Prince George’s County’s top law enforcement officer, was sworn in as the new State’s Attorney during her investiture ceremony at county’s circuit court on Jan. 7.
The 44-year-old Prince George’s County native brings nearly 18 years of legal and legislative experience as she embarks on what she said is the greatest accomplishment of her professional career.
“I am deeply humbled by this moment. It is truly a privilege to lead the Office of the State’s Attorney,” Braveboy gladly expressed in her inaugural address, according to a statement released by the State’s Attorney’s Office.
“However, serving with the men and women of the State’s Attorney’s Office, my law enforcement partners, and my colleagues at the courthouse will be one of the greatest joys of my life.”
In the November 2018 general election, Braveboy won convincingly (because she ran unopposed) to succeed Angela Alsobrooks, as the county’s next state’s attorney.
A former member of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and the Maryland House of Delegates, Braveboy has pledged to make juvenile justice reform a top priority.
“Braveboy said that her top priorities will include reform of the juvenile justice system, including a much more active and involved diversion effort to turn young people away from criminal involvement, as well as the aggressive prosecution of domestic violence offenders and those who commit serious and recurring crimes,” the State’s Attorney’s office said.
“She will also work to provide enhanced services and security for victims, as well as explore new approaches to cases involving drug addiction; mental health and some of the other reasons individuals are lead into criminal behavior.”
Braveboy has built a reputation as one who has fought on behalf of young people, making concerted efforts effort to turn young people away from criminal involvement and activity through various programs and diligent community engagement.
“I have taken the Juvenile Unit out of the rotation for new attorneys so that it will be staffed with experienced, dedicated professionals who understand the uniqueness of the juvenile justice system,” she said. “More importantly, it will be staffed by attorneys who understand the opportunities that we have to shape the future of our young people through meaningful diversion, intervention and restorative justice.”
The Largo High School and the University of Maryland-College Park graduate also endeavors to strengthen the State’s Attorney’s Office by retaining, developing and recruiting high-quality talent while improving office systems and processes.
“I have met with each of the over 200 employees, and I will be advocating on their behalf for higher pay and training and development,” said Braveboy who is also a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.
Accordingly, the American Federation of Government Employees – the largest federal employee union that represents roughly 700,000 workers in the D.C. vicinity – publicly announced its endorsement for Braveboy is June 2018, characterizing her as a “champion of workers’ rights.”
Since becoming one of the county’s top prosecutors, some local cases in which Braveboy and the State’s Attorney’s Office has been involved has been include a tragic auto accident that killed three children in Oxon Hill and a man being sentenced to 195 years after shooting and killing County police officer Jacai Colson in Landover.
“I’ve seen her hard work and dedication. She has done a fabulous job for Prince George’s County,” said Maryland District 25 Delegate Dereck Davis shortly after Braveboy won the general election.“She has a big focus on helping those who are incarcerated reenter society and diversion programs which are much needed at this time.
“She is really going to build upon Angela Alsobrooks’ goals. I think she is the right person for the job.”
Collaborating with law enforcement officials at the federal, state and local level to reduce the proliferation of illegal guns and drugs in the Prince George’s County community is another priority for Braveboy, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.
“We will flag every case used in a crime because we must go after the source of guns, in addition to those who use or deal them on our streets,” Braveboy said.
Furthermore, Braveboy has created a Public Integrity Unit which will handle police misconduct cases and public corruption and offer constitutional policing training to all law enforcement agencies and will provide public integrity training for government and elected officials.
Braveboy had overwhelming support from noteworthy local politicians in her investiture ceremony, including Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), former federal judge Alex Williams, former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and several other political figures in the county.
“I take my new job very seriously. It is the job of my office to take every case, complaint and allegation serious,” Braveboy concluded. “Under my leadership, the discretion and power that this office is bestowed with cannot and will not be used to promote our individual agenda, but will be used in ways that are fair, just and transparent.”