BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Today, the Department of Justice recognized the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama for Outstanding Individual Contribution in support of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Initiative.
“Mr. Town’s vision to implement the P3 program enhanced the coordination and communication between federal and state prosecutorial agencies and law enforcement nationwide,” U.S. Attorney Escalona said.” “Prosecutors at all levels will be able to collectively target worst offenders for years to come.”
Jay E. Town, Former U.S. Attorney, was recognized for the outstanding work in support of the PSN Program through his design and successful implementation of the Prosecutor to Prosecutor Program (P3). The P3 Program, created in January 2018 by Mr. Town, was designed to enhance Project Safe Neighborhoods strategic plans and focus on the worst offenders in a given area or district. P3 is a six-step process in which state and federal prosecutors make joint decisions on whether a criminal case should be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Since P3 was implemented in 2018 in the Northern District of Alabama, there have been more than 300 cases referred to federal law enforcement from local P3 team members, of which more than half have been selected for federal prosecution. The robust success of the P3 team and its implementation of the P3 program have led to a 64% increase in violent crimes prosecutions since 2016. Specifically, there has been a 73% increase in the number of 922(g) and 924(c) firearms matters received by the Northern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney’s Office since its implementation. The Prosecutor to Prosecutor Program is recognized by the Department of Justice as a best practice and national model for each federal district. P3 has since been replicated and effectively implemented by numerous U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country.
Revitalized in 2017, PSN is a critical piece of the Department’s crime reduction efforts. PSN has focused on prosecuting those individuals who most significantly drive violence in our communities, and supports and fosters partnerships between law enforcement and schools, the faith community, and local community leaders to prevent and deter future criminal conduct
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