Guns in the hands of criminals Our office is acutely aware of the present a continuing danger to all devastating effect that illegal guns TO REPORT AN ILLEGAL members of the community, GUN CALL 1-888-LOCK-U-UP have on the lives of victims, especially those in high crime areas and in law enforcement. perpetrators, their respective families and the quality of community life. There are many VIRGINIA EXILE – A SUCCESS STORY potential sources of crime and tragedy in our society, but none Virginia Exile’s success has attracted wide parallel illegal guns in their capacity attention from other states, major cities, and to inflict instant, lethal and in Congress, which approved a National irreparable harm to so many. Exile Law based on Virginia’s model. Virginia Exile also helps communities create public awareness campaigns to put violent criminals on notice and enlist community support. If your business would like to partner with our office in getting this important information out to our community, please call our office at 514- 4365. SUFFOLK Recent statewide statistics show that over 88% of all murders and C. Phillips “Phil” Ferguson over 51% of all robberies were Commonwealth’s Attorney committed with a firearm. 150 North Main Street Particularly startling is the fact that a Suffolk, VA 23434 teenager is more likely to die from a Phone (757) 514-4365 gunshot than from all natural Fax (757) 514-4400 causes of death combined. This is unacceptable, and for our children’s Please visit our website: sake, we must reclaim our www.suffolk.va.us/cwatty neighborhoods and streets. WHAT IS Anyone who is convicted of possessing a firearm and an illegal drug such as cocaine VIRGINIA EXILE Following on the success of Project Exile SUFFOLK or heroin faces a mandatory minimum two (2) to five (5) years in a Virginia prison. in Richmond, in July 1999 a package of EXILE? Additionally, anyone who possesses a legislation was passed by the Virginia General Assembly that made the laws penalizing the illegal possession of firearms firearm and has a prior conviction for a the toughest they have ever been. Along Launched in 2001, the Suffolk Exile non-violent felony such as larceny or drug with these changes in state law, Virginia Program has been an invaluable tool in possession will be exiled for two (2) years Exile helps prosecutors and police by taking illegal guns off our city’s streets. in addition to any other sentence imposed. providing financial resources, training and This program was designed to break the technical assistance so they can take full link between guns and drugs, guns and The new law presumes that people advantage of the enhanced penalties and felons, guns in schools, and between guns charged with Exile-type gun crimes will bail restrictions. Currently there is an and crime in general. When the same not be eligible for bail while awaiting trial. outstanding partnership between the program has the backing of both Handgun Federal and State Authorities in the And, because Virginia abolished parole Control, Inc. and the National Rifle handling of these gun crimes thereby over five years ago, people convicted of Association (NRA), it’s got to be doing ensuring the greatest success possible in these gun crimes will be behind bars something right! the prosecution of these cases. “exiled” for the full two to five years. Just like our slogan “It’s states, This is in addition to any other sentence GETTING THE EXILE Simple…You Do the Math!” Under imposed. MESSAGE OUT Exile legislation, anyone faces a mandatory Suffolk’s Exile minimum sentence of five (5) years in a THE HISTORY OF EXILE Program has been Virginia prison who: Project Exile was launched in Richmond, praised throughout Virginia in 1997. The aim of the Exile the state and has Has a prior conviction for a violent felony program was to give prosecutors, law been a model for such as murder, rape, robbery, enforcement agencies, and the courts more other jurisdictions felonious assault or certain types of tools to get gun-wielding criminals off of due to our burglary and is convicted of possessing our streets and out of our neighborhoods. innovation in a firearm; or By prosecuting illegal gun offenses in getting the message federal court, Project Exile has helped to out on the street. Is convicted of possessing a firearm reduce homicides in Richmond, Virginia within school property with the intent by 40 percent, according to federal and city Criminals must know about the program to use it, or displaying the weapon in a officials. for it to work, and the community must be threatening manner; or aware of it, too. This program truly gives Virginia Exile also helps people a voice against crime and loudly Is convicted of possessing a firearm sends the message THAT THE and an illegal drug, such as cocaine or communities mobilize to ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF GUNS heroin, with the intent to distribute. get the word out that gun AND GUN VIOLENCE WILL NOT violence won’t be tolerated. BE TOLERATED IN SUFFOLK!