As the only major state office controlled by a Republican, Attorney General JB Van Hollen says the justice department remains committed to “core Republican principles ” like fiscal responsibility which includes going after people and businesses that rip off the government. He says they've collected tens of millions of dollars more in fraudulent restitution each year than his predecessor.
Van Hollen says the DOJ was the only state agency during his first two-year budget to return money, $1.2 million worth. The AG says it's due in large part to productivity and efficiency at the state crime lab and adds the agency will be the first in over 20 years to rid the backlog of DNA evidence.
At the state GOP Convention, the AG also talked about his agency's efforts to crack down on criminal illegal aliens and sexual predators .