Project EJECT: "Empower Justice Expel Crime Together"
Launched by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi 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.
The Project began in December, 2017, in the city of Jackson and has since expanded to include the cities of Hattiesburg, Moss Point, Meridian and Natchez. The Project is 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.
The mission of Project EJECT is to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for all to enjoy. Part of the project includes 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 also seeks 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 one another to identify and respond to violent crimes when they occur. Cases arising from these crimes will then be presented to the local District Attorneys’ Offices and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution.