United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced Thursday that local efforts to increase violent crime prosecutions in the Acadiana area are paying off.
We’re told Joseph’s focus on violent crime is part of the Department of Justice’s extended endeavors to increase targeted prosecutions of violent crime through the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.
According to the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana has prosecuted more than 200 defendants throughout the district in just this year alone.
Approximately 78 of those prosecutions were made in the Acadiana area for firearm related offenses, including felons and drug dealers in possession of firearms.
These prosecutions represent nearly three times the number of such cases than have been brought in previous years.
“Violent crime involving firearms has become a worsening problem in Acadiana,” said Joseph.
”This trend must end. We have been working with partner agencies to provide a targeted approached to reducing firearm-related violence by bringing federal charges against those felons and drug dealers most likely to cause violence in their communities. We want to spread the word that the full weight of the federal criminal justice system is committed to prosecuting those who spread violence in our communities. They will be stopped.”