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U.S. Attorney’s Office and Law Enforcement Partners Announce Expansion of “Project EJECT” to Natchez
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February 28, 2019 -

NATCHEZ, Miss. - Mike Hurst, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, along with the Natchez Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, the local District Attorney’s Office, and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, announced the expansion of an initiative to combat violent crime called “Project EJECT” into Adams County and the City of Natchez.

Launched by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi in December 2017 in the City of Jackson under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (“PSN”) initiative, Project EJECT is designed as an enhanced violent crime reduction program that incorporates decades of experience in bringing various levels of law enforcement together with stakeholders in the community, with the overall goal of producing a long-term, meaningful reduction in and prevention of violent crime.
In expanding the initiative into other parts of the Southern District of Mississippi, Project EJECT now stands for: “Empower Justice Expel Crime Together.”

Joined by law enforcement in Natchez, U.S. Attorney Hurst described the project as a multi-disciplinary, holistic approach that combines law enforcement arrests and prosecutions of violent criminals with prevention efforts, rehabilitation and reentry, educational initiatives, and improved communication.

“Project EJECT will serve as a force multiplier in the City of Natchez and Adams County, bringing federal agents, prosecutors, training and additional services to help the citizens of Natchez tackle and prevent violent crime. We have a simple messages to criminals: if you
violate our laws and terrorize our neighbors, you will be ejected from our community. But, we also intend to work with offenders to help them get back on their feet before they are released, and we will work with the youth to educate them on making the right choices. At the end of the day, we all want safer communities,” said U.S. Attorney Hurst.

The mission of Project EJECT is to reduce violent crime and make Natchez neighborhoods safer for all to enjoy. Part of the project will include discussions with the public and encouraging communities to help law enforcement in this effort, as well as communicating
to the criminals that they will be prosecuted and punished for gun crimes and violent crimes.
The Project will also seek to support locally-based efforts to stop violence and crimes before they occur and to help those who have been punished to reenter society as law-abiding citizens.

Project EJECT is comprised of a number of federal law enforcement agencies, as well as task force officers from various state and local investigative agencies, who will interact regularly with the Natchez Police Department and the District Attorney’s Offices to identify and respond to violent crimes when they occur. Cases arising from these crimes will then be presented to the local District Attorney’s Offices and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

For the first time ever, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is specifically dedicating an Assistant United States Attorney to prosecute violent crime in the City of Natchez under this project. Project EJECT follows a directive from former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to
the U.S. Department of Justice to reinvigorate DOJ’s Project Safe Neighborhoods with the intent to reduce the rising tide of violent crime in America. Project EJECT is the Southern District of Mississippi’s PSN initiative specifically tailored to address violent crime throughout the district.

In December 2018, at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) National Conference, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker presented the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi and its law enforcement partners with the award for Outstanding Overall Partnership/Task Force for Project EJECT. Only 16 awards were given during the annual PSN National Conference, which recognize individuals and groups for their dedication and contribution to the success of PSN. Project EJECT was one of only two recognized as the best partnerships or task forces in the nation.

In expanding Project EJECT into Natchez, the U.S. Attorney’s Office continues to lead the Project, with First Assistant U.S. Attorney Darren LaMarca and Criminal Chief Courtney Coker guiding the task force initially, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bert Carraway serving as the
primary prosecutor for violent cases under Project EJECT in Natchez, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Candace Mayberry in Jackson serving as the Project Safe Neighborhoods Coordinator for the entire Southern District of Mississippi. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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