Prosecutor Kym Worthy: Office is 'criminally underfunded' - KMSP-TV

Prosecutor Kym Worthy: Office is 'criminally underfunded'

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DETROIT (WJBK) - Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says in the last two years she's lost 90 lawyers and that Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano has slashed her budget to the breaking point.

"I honestly don't think that the Ficano administration gives a damn about public safety the way that they should," she said.

"It's really, quite frankly criminal, what's been happening here," Worthy said. "Over a thousand warrants are backed up that we can't get to and these are not spitting on the sidewalk. These are homicide, these are child abuse, these are domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault."

On top of that thousands of warrants that have been signed but not served - that means murderers, rapists - the most violent of criminals - too many running free in Wayne County because the prosecutor's office is too short-staffed to get to these cases.

"We have people leaving at an alarming rate," Worthy said. "Not because they are unhappy with their work here but because they are unhappy with the way they're treated, the way they're perceived, they can't feed their families. They're taking other jobs at 7-11, waitressing at restaurants."

These attorneys, many with big students loans, are earning a base salary of $46,000 a year.

"We are the lowest funded prosecutor's office in the country," Worthy said. "But the highest when it comes to caseload."

Worthy says the county needs 40 million from the county not including grants. A spokesperson for Ficano says he is recommending $38.6 million, but minus the grants that number is about $32.6 million.

For more on this story including what Warren Evans, candidate for the Wayne County Executive office had to say about this, click the player for the full interview.

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