For the last year, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks has been seen in front of the courthouse or speaking at events like the family crisis center.
But the story behind Alsobrooks' dedication to the pursuit of justice is a pivotal date in her family's history.
Seneca, South Carolina. July 4, 1956. Her great-grandfather was murdered by a deputy sheriff. Her family was told that if they didn't leave, they would be murdered, too.
After his murder, an act of racial violence which Alsobrooks says was never brought to justice, her family fled to Prince George’s County. And now, a remarkable milestone to make her family proud.
“The rest really is history and the fact that I can be appointed to this position has been really amazing for all of us,” she says.
Alsobrooks, 40, was raised in Prince George's County, went to Duke and then came back to the University of Maryland law school.
“I wanted to do something I love, something that would make me get out of bed in the morning something that would help people, be impactful and mean something and I think prosecution is just that,” she says.
Alsobrooks says her office has a serious resource challenge, with 75 lawyers prosecuting a 40,000 case load.
Alsobrooks herself has a daily juggling act, as a single mom to a 6-year-old.
“You know most days it's hilarious ... Hilarious,” she says. “But Alexandra (her daughter), she is so much joy, she brings me so much joy and she's a big personality and so she makes me laugh and we work together.”
As she heads into her second year in office, Alsobrooks is determined to make a difference in Prince George’s County.
“These are not cases, case numbers or case files. These are people's lives,” she says. “We take that with us everyday and it's very important to us.”