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Federal prosecutor announces crackdown on crime in Jackson

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Federal prosecutors and investigators say they're cracking down on gun crime in Mississippi's capital city.

Called Project Eject, it's a local expression of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' mandate for federal prosecutors to focus on violent crime.

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and others announced the effort Thursday, saying 18 people have already been indicted for crimes committed in Jackson.

Hurst promises that he will seek to hold those suspects in jail without bail, try to convict and procure long sentences, and then ask the Federal Bureau of Prisons to house them far from Mississippi. The idea behind that harsh approach is to deter others from committing crime.

He says about a dozen federal and state officers are working with the Jackson Police Department to identify suspects for prosecution.

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