Prosecutor to announce new initiative on violent gun crime

Prosecutor to announce new initiative on violent gun crime
(Source: KARK)

(KAIT/KARK) - One of Arkansas's federal prosecutors will reveal a new push for combating violent crimes.

The new program will involve a joint effort between federal and local law enforcement.

U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland will announce the initiative in hopes to crack down on gun violence by prosecuting repeat offenders at the federal level.

Offenses like "felon in possession of a firearm" carry harsher penalties in federal court than on the state level.

There's also no parole for federal crimes.

The goal for Hiland's office is to keep offenders behind bars and off Arkansas streets.

As of Wednesday, Hiland's office would not confirm the nature of how these cases would be tried or any specifics on who will be involved with this new collaboration.

Critics, however, would like to see leaders shift focus to rehabilitation, not prosecution.

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Hiland will make his full announcement at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

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