Steve Cook's strategy for battling violent crime is simple — lock up violent criminals, ready them to return to society as law-abiding citizens and keep the young from following in their path.
He didn't find it in a book. A former Knoxville cop and a veteran federal prosecutor, Cook found it on the streets. Now, he's taking it to Washington, D.C.
Cook, 61, has been tapped by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to work on a national violent crime strategy as an associate deputy attorney general. Now chief of the criminal division at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, the new job was sudden but not unexpected.
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