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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 4, 2018

NDAL U.S. Attorney's Office Receives Four New Prosecutor Positions from 311 Announced by Attorney General Sessions

BIRMINGHAM – On the 500th day of the Trump Administration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town for the District of Northern Alabama announced that the Department of Justice is taking a dramatic step to increase resources to combat violent crime, enforce our immigration laws, and help roll back the devastating opioid crisis.

 

In the largest increase in decades, the Department of Justice is allocating 311 new Assistant United States Attorneys to assist in priority areas. Those allocations are as follows: 190 violent crime prosecutors, 86 civil enforcement prosecutors, and 35 additional immigration prosecutors. Many of the civil enforcement AUSA’s will support the newly created Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force which targets the opioid crisis at every level of the distribution system.

 

“Under President Trump's strong leadership, the Department of Justice is going on offense against violent crime, illegal immigration, and the opioid crisis — and today we are sending in reinforcements,” Sessions said. “We have a saying in my office that a new federal prosecutor is 'the coin of the realm.'  When we can eliminate wasteful spending, one of my first questions to my staff is if we can deploy more prosecutors to where they are needed. I have personally worked to re-purpose existing funds to support this critical mission, and as a former federal prosecutor myself, my expectations could not be higher. These exceptional and talented prosecutors are key leaders in our crime-fighting partnership. This addition of new Assistant U.S. Attorney positions represents the largest increase in decades.”

 

In the 31-county Northern District of Alabama, three of the newly allotted AUSAs will focus on reducing violent crime, including through more aggressive gun and drug-trafficking prosecutions. A fourth newly added AUSA will focus on affirmative civil enforcement, seeking monetary recoveries from corporations and individuals who have defrauded the United States through health care or other government procurement fraud.

 

“This announcement solidifies the commitment that the Department of Justice has in reducing crime, especially violent crime, and protecting the public fisc in Northern Alabama,” Town said. “The steadfast leadership of Attorney General Sessions continues to impact positively every district in the United States, and these new prosecutors will bolster our ability to execute the violent crime priorities of the Department of Justice. Our side of the battlefield can never be too crowded.”

 

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Updated June 4, 2018