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					     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
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-

     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            
        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!