Gun Violence Down In Some Federal Project Sites

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A U.S. Justice Department campaign to reduce gun crime in many cities has scored some successes, researchers said yesterday. The $1 billion Project Safe Neighborhoods program, operated through every U.S. Attorney's office, has included a 68 percent increase in federal firearms prosecutions. Gun crime declined in Rochester, N.Y.'s "crescent" area after law enforcement teams were deployed to deal with disputes among potential lawbreakers and to bear down on houses that were high drug sales locations, said criminologist Edmund McGarrell of Michigan State University. McGarrell spoke at the Justice Department's annual criminal justice research . . .

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