Cecil County Circuit Court Administrative Judge Keith Baynes briefed the County Council Tuesday on challenges and successes of sentencing drug cases. As reported in the Cecil Whig:
Baynes explained that judges can only sentence based on a defendant’s charges and state sentencing guidelines.
“We can’t control plea agreements,” Baynes told the council.
Many cases are resolved by a prosecutor and defense attorney working out a plea agreement ahead of time, he explained.
“We have to trust there were good reasons for the plea agreement,” Baynes said, pointing out that sometimes witnesses won’t talk or there’s just not enough evidence to convict.
Baynes also discussed the county’s drug court, noting that it has a 32% graduation rate with a likely higher success rate for people that complete the program, and he voiced support for a new work program Cecil County Sheriff Scott Adams hopes to start in the county detention center.
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