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Seventeen-year-old LaCole Hines, mother to an one-month-old infant, died in the hospital last week after being shot in the head by her 23-year-old boyfriend. Marcus Shipman had threatened Hines and a neighbor with a gun two weeks prior, which carries a felony charge of first-degree assault. Though crimes involving guns and violence are to be treated as priorities and a warrant for Shipman's arrest was issued, he was never apprehended. The warrant was misfiled as a misdemeanor, one of tens of thousands of unserved warrants in limbo in Prince George's County, Maryland.

When current sheriff Michael A. Jackson took office in 2002, there was a backlog of 30,000 unserved arrest warrants. Today, his office refuses to even release a figure and claims the death of LaCole Hines was an isolated incident. Now, what was once thought to be a series of clerical errors has resulted in a young mother's death.

Demand justice for LaCole Hines! Demand an investigation into the Prince George's County warrant and arrest backlog. Hines' death was tragically preventable.

Letter to
Maryland Governor
Seventeen-year-old LaCole Hines, mother to an one-month-old infant, died in the hospital last week after being shot in the head by her 23-year-old boyfriend. Marcus Shipman had threatened Hines and a neighbor with a gun two weeks prior, which carries a felony charge of first-degree assault. Though crimes involving guns and violence are to be treated as priorities and a warrant for Shipman's arrest was issued, he was never apprehended. The warrant was misfiled as a misdemeanor, one of tens of thousands of unserved warrants in limbo in Prince George's County.

When current sheriff Michael A. Jackson took office in 2002, there was a backlog of 30,000 unserved arrest warrants. Today, his office refuses to even release a figure and claims the death of LaCole Hines was an isolated incident. Now, what was once thought to be a series of clerical errors has resulted in a young mother's death.

I want justice for LaCole Hines! I urge you to open an investigation into the Prince George's County warrant and arrest backlog. Hines' death was tragically preventable, and we should do more to protect victims of violent crimes.