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Prosecutor launches campaign encouraging victims to testify

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s top prosecutor has announced plans to produce commercials to encourage victims and witnesses to testify in court.

News outlets report State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced plans to produce the series of TV and radio commercials Thursday.

In Baltimore, police and prosecutors have struggled with a street culture of “no snitching” and “snitches get stitches” in their fight against crime. Mosby says prosecutors drop about one third of the criminal cases because witnesses and victims wouldn’t come to court.

Mosby says her office has increased to 25 the staff who help families by driving them to court and sitting beside them during trial.

State and federal grants are paying for the ad campaign. Mosby says the governor has added $2.3 million in his proposed budget for witness protection in Baltimore.

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