After a new top prosecutor took office in Baltimore in January 2015, felony convictions dropped even as violent crime increased in the city. The Wall Street Journal examined all closed felony cases between 2011 and August 2016 and found that only about 53 percent of felony cases have ended in a conviction since Marilyn Mosby was elected, as opposed to 67 percent in the four years prior to her election. 

The prosecutor’s office disputed claims that Mosby’s management contributed to the drop in convictions, blaming some of the decline on the quality of cases brought forward by the police.