In 1997, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Richmond developed and carried out an aggressive, innovative, and creative approach to this violence called "Project Exile." Taking advantage of stiffer bond rules and sentencing guidelines in federal court, all felons with guns, guns/drug cases, and gun/domestic violence cases in Richmond are federally prosecuted, without regard to numbers or quantities.
That's right, it's nothing more than actually charging criminals with all the crimes they committed. Wow, what a concept. Here's the *shocking* result:
Through these efforts, more than 200 armed criminals have been removed from Richmond's streets, one violent gang responsible for many murders has been destroyed, and the rate of gun carrying by criminals has been cut nearly in half. Officers now report drug dealers throwing down weapons before running instead of risking being caught with the weapons and a large number of homicides have been solved with information obtained from defendants in these cases. Most importantly, these efforts appear to be stemming the tide of violence, with homicides for the period November 1997 through July 1998, running more than 65% below the same period one year ago.
And it doesn't look like this portion of the page has been updated since 1998 or 1999, so the results are probably even more *ahem* staggering. And look at this! Aren't they so wonderful for sharing this crime fighting idea with the rest of the world?
Other jurisdictions are considering adopting the same approach. The U.S. Attorney for the Western District is considering implementing the project in Roanoke. We have also discussed the project with other U.S. Attorney's Offices and/or local law enforcement officials in: Miami, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Rochester, New York; Oakland, California; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Baltimore, Maryland; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Chicago, Illinois who may begin similar projects.
You mean they will actually start to fight crime?
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