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01/04/06

Felon Gun Program Expanding

The US Attorney's Office announced today it will be expanding Project Ceasefire coverage in Chatham County. Project Ceasefire is an initiative begun in Savannah by the US Attorney's office in 2000 to reduce gun violence.

The office says in 2005, they had one of the busiest years in the program's history and indicted the highest number of cases ever. But they also say the project is working in prosecuting gun crime and decreasing violent crime.

To date, more than 400 individuals have been prosecuted under Project Ceasefire and the conviction rate is 98 percent. Of those convicted, 99 percent are sentenced to prison, and the average sentence is just over seven years in federal prison.

Because Ceasefire cases are prosecuted in federal court, there is no parole possibility for those sentenced to federal prison.

Reported by: Jamie Ertle, jertle@wtoc.com

 

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