Experts working to reduce gang violence in US

Press TV | May 23, 2012

Experts are gathering in Los Angeles to tackle the epidemic of gang violence in America. They’ve come together for the first ever Los Angeles Gang Violence Prevention and Intervention Conference.

Organizers say they chose LA because the city is often seen as the place where gang violence was born, bred and exported.

Studies show that nationwide, homicide is the second leading cause of death for men and women aged 15 to 24. In Los Angeles and Long Beach, gang kil#i*ggs account for more than half of the homicides in that age group.

Paul Carrillo is an Injury Prevention Coordinator who works in areas of LA with high gang activity. Carrillo says this conference is taking a new approach by focusing less on the role of law enforcement and more on the community. Carrillo says despite statistics that show violence is down across the country, parts of LA continue to be affected.

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