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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Tennessee

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Selects Middle District Of Tennessee To Receive New United States Attorney Positions To Combat Violent Crime

Two Additional Federal Prosecutors Headed To Middle Tennessee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has selected the Middle District of Tennessee to receive additional resources for the fight against violent crime.  The district will receive two additional Assistant U.S. Attorneys to focus exclusively on violent crime, two of 40 new federal prosecutors in 27 selected locations throughout the United States.


“Led by our 94 United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) task forces are hitting the streets across America to apprehend and bring violent criminals to justice.  I have asked Congress for additional PSN funding next year because I believe nothing will be more effective at reducing violent crime,” said Attorney General Sessions. "Under this program, I am asking a great deal of our United States Attorneys.  I am both empowering them and holding them accountable for results.  To put them in the best position to impact and reduce violent crime, it is my privilege to announce today that through a re-allocation of resources, we will be enlisting and deploying 40 additional violent crime prosecutors across the United States."


“Two additional federal prosecutors will substantially increase our ability to identify and remove the most dangerous and violent offenders from our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Don Cochran.  “In the coming weeks, I will be meeting with local law enforcement leaders and District Attorneys General to formulate a strategy aimed at vigorously pursuing those violent offenders whose criminal behavior disrupts the peace and harmony of our neighborhoods and endangers the lives of innocent citizens.”    


U.S. Attorney Don Cochran recently re-organized the structure of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and with the addition of these two positions,  eight federal prosecutors will now be dedicated to prosecuting violent crime.  Those charged with violent crimes in the federal system generally receive a lengthier sentence and there is no parole in the federal system.

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Updated January 4, 2018