The failure of ‘baby booking’

Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center

Michael Nakan | December 27, 2010 Every year, Baltimore City asks: “Why?” Why is the homicide rate in this city so high? Why is there such rampant addiction to drugs? Why are so many kids growing up to be violent criminals? The answer may lie, in part, within the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, whose […]

Councils study report on gangs in local schools

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Jim Holt (Rocky Mount Telegram) | December 27, 2010 Gangs and their influence are a real problem in Twin Counties schools, according to a final report recently released by the Nash and Edgecombe Juvenile Crime Prevention councils. The report was the product of several surveys that community leaders, residents and youth filled out assessing gang […]

Anti-bias agency cracks down on the use of credit and criminal checks in job screenings


David G. Savage (Washington Bureau) | December 27, 2010 Reporting from Washington — The federal agency that enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws is warning employers they could be sued if they refuse to hire blacks or Latinos because of a bad credit history or a criminal record. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last week sued Kaplan […]

Gang involvement a deadly risk in homicide capital


Andy Johnson ( News) | December 26, 2010 Only a few years ago, a student selling marijuana in their local Abbotsford, B.C., high school was just another petty criminal, pretty low on the police radar. Now, in the new era of B.C.’s growing drug-trafficking problem, that same student is taking a potentially deadly gamble, as […]

L.A. Murders Drop to 1967 Levels


KTLA News | December 26, 2010 LOS ANGELES — The city of Los Angeles is on track to end the year with fewer than 300 murders for the first time in 40 years. As of mid-afternoon on Sunday, the Los Angeles Police Department had tallied 291 homicides in 2010. The city is likely to record […]

Police watching for gang relocation

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Michael McFall (Standard-Examiner) December 25, 2010 OGDEN — Area police officials are keeping a close eye on whether Trece gang members, pressured by an injunction in Ogden, are moving to neighboring cities where police attention may not be so intense. After three months of enforcement, police in surrounding Weber County cities say they are not […]

Gang cops say juvenile photo law too restrictive

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Melinda Rogers (The Salt Lake Tribune) | December 24, 2010 The scenario is a familiar to gang cops in Salt Lake City: an officer sees a teenager hanging out with older known gang members in a neighborhood, flashing gang signs or wearing gang colors to declare an allegiance. The officer questions the teen, ready to […]

Supposed kidnappers in Mexican migrant abduction that Mexico denied make ransom call to the US


E. EDUARDO CASTILLO (Associated Press) | December 24, 2010 MEXICO CITY — The supposed kidnappers of 50 Central American migrants who disappeared in southern Mexico last week called a family in the United States demanding a ransom, a Roman Catholic priest who first reported the abductions said Thursday. But they contacted relatives of a migrant […]

Cleanup exposes Fallbrook gang ‘hangout’

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Debbie Ramsey (The Village News) | December 23rd, 2010 A team of volunteers from the local trails council assisted the Sheriff’s department by lending their energy, muscle and community spirit to remove overgrown brush from a vacant lot near South Vine Street on Saturday, Dec. 18. Authorities say the property has been used by a […]

Jury: Gang leader deserves life

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Joseph Serna (Los Angeles Times) | December 23, 2010 The convicted leader of a jewel-thieving gang that killed eight people should be sentenced to life in prison — not death, as prosecutors hoped — a federal jury has determined. Anh The Duong, the leader of a band of gun-toting thieves who robbed jewelry and electronic […]

Second Chance to receive state money to combat gangs

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The Californian | December 22, 2010 A Salinas anti-gang outreach nonprofit will receive most of the state grant money to combat gang violence in the city, officials said Tuesday afternoon. Second Chance Family & Youth Services Executive Director Brian Contreras said the nonprofit will receive 95 percent of the $369,230 the city of Salinas is […]

US cable: Mayor of Jamaica’s capital collaborated with alleged drug boss to reduce crime

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DAVID McFADDEN (Associated Press) | December 22, 2010 KINGSTON, Jamaica — A U.S. diplomatic cable leaked Wednesday says the mayor of Jamaica’s biggest city acknowledged forging an alliance of convenience with an alleged drug baron to reduce crime in a sprawling patchwork of gritty slums. The September 2009 cable says that Kingston Mayor Desmond McKenzie […]