FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - June 9, 2011
CROSSING BOUNDARIES CALL-IN NOTIFICATION
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission is sponsoring “Crossing Boundaries,” an anti-crime program and a part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, supported by law enforcement. As part of that effort, the Kinston Police Department, today, held a call-in notification in which gun and drug offenders were invited to hear messages to stop their criminal activities.
“The Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative is a comprehensive program that marries enforcement with prevention and deterrence efforts,” stated Mr. Holding. “Opportunities, such as this call-in, give offenders a chance to turn their lives around. As the various areas of the community work together and with the offender, it provides the offender a chance to eventually become an asset to their communities.”
Speakers from the community that included pastors, school leaders, medical doctors, social workers, psychologists and behavioralists from community health, teen court, the employment security commission, the housing authority, the City Manager’s Office, the Mayor’s Office, and the community college, delivered messages that, while crime will not be tolerated, as a Crossing Boundaries partner, each will assist offenders with diversionary needs.
The law enforcement community also made presentations, which included the Police Chief, the District Attorney, an Assistant United States Attorney, and law enforcement officers and special agents from the police department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, regarding the punishments offenders face when the law is violated.
At the conclusion of the program, resource tables were available for the offenders to speak individually with presenters to pose questions and discuss available diversionary programs and community resources.
If an offender decides to join the one-year program, pending court hearings for charges are postponed. The Community Coordinator tracks the progress of each offender and if the offender is successful in the program, requests for leniency or dismissal on the pending charges are submitted to the District Attorney or the Court. However, if an offender recommits a crime, the Court is notified and the offender is fast-tracked within the criminal justice system with higher bonds set and he/she is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law in either federal or state court.
Due to the focus on gun offenses at this particular call-in, child safety gun locks will be available at no charge.
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