U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst announced Project EJECT, or Empower Jackson Expel Crime together, on Dec. 7, 2017, with then-Jackson Police Chief to his right and Christopher Freeze, special agent in charge of the FBI in Jackson, to his left.
Project Eject was founded and based on the concept that if you’re a convicted felon, caught in commission of a crime, with a weapon, there’s a five-year automatic sentence to federal prison.
Durning the press conference on Dec. 7, 2017, then-Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance expressed how he hoped sending criminals to federal prison would lure others away from a life of crime.
Despite then-Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance speaking at the Project Eject press conference on Dec 7, 2017, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (pictured) stated that Project Eject has never been in effect under his administration at a city council meeting on Feb 27, 2018.
Jacksonian Calandra Davis expressed her dissatisfaction with Project Eject in Jackson over the last year at a city council meeting on Feb 27, 2018.