WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors on Friday received orders to be "especially vigilant" to enforce stern prosecution of violent offenders as President Bush directed them not to make deals with criminals who use guns.
Bush continued touting the crime package he delivered to Congress this week by inviting the nation's 94 U.S. attorneys to the White House and later having lunch with a group of law enforcement agency chiefs.
In remarks to the U.S. attorneys, the President said: "We're going to up the stakes for those who calculate that our criminal justice system is a crapshoot where the risks are worth the rewards. And when criminals think about reaching for a gun, they're going to know--and they're gong to learn--that they will do time. Hard time."
Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh distributed guidelines to the U.S. attorneys to implement the President's approach.