Federal, state, and local law enforcement officials announced an expansion to the state's Project EXILE initiative Wednesday (article available here).
Baltimore’s top law enforcement officials gathered Wednesday to announce that three more special prosecutors will bolster the ranks of Project Exile. The local effort, part of a national program, represents a partnership of the U.S. attorney’s office, federal agents, Baltimore police, prosecutors and Maryland’s attorney general to steer gun cases from state to federal court.
Maryland Governor’s office funded four special assistant U.S. attorneys beginning last year to take gun cases to federal court. With three more special prosecutors, the unit grows to seven people. Officials call it a “force multiplier.”
Federal convictions carry significant prison time with no suspended sentences and no parole.