Battling The Gang Problem

Law enforcement and community members gathered Monday to learn what they can do to help combat a growing gang problem in the east.

The 6th annual Eastern Carolina Gang Conference was held at Lenoir Community College.

Organizers say trends are showing gangs being pushed out of inner urban areas and moving toward smaller communities.

Detective Benjamin Parrish with the Duplin County Sheriff's Office says gang criminal activity is broad - from narcotics to guns to prostitution, and now they're also committing white collar crimes.

Officials estimate by the end of this year there will be close to 41,000 gang members in our state.


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  • by jim on Feb 3, 2012 at 06:35 AM
    lets not talk about N.A.A.C.P.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 25, 2012 at 04:21 PM
    They know the statistics on how many 'gang members' are out there; how so? There must be much more information to go along with that statistic. Arrest them, already!!
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      by fed up with crime on Feb 1, 2012 at 04:18 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      You can't arrest them, because you are racially sterotyping them. Same old argument. Because he is black, bla bla bla...Our justice system really sucks
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 24, 2012 at 04:41 PM
    Oh wow; so now they admit there IS a gang problem? Guess that is the first step to HANDLING the Gang Problem...how did/does L.A. handle it? That is where it originated from; that area, and New Mexico.
  • by Brenda Adams Location: Ahoskie on Jan 24, 2012 at 08:57 AM
    IST TIME ANY CRIME PUT THEM IN JAIL AND KEEP THEM THERE OFF THE STREETS. NO SECOND CHANCES!!!!! NO SLAP ON THE WRIST
  • by Bloke Location: New Bern on Jan 24, 2012 at 07:00 AM
    The key is the youth that are getting invloved. The gang members use the youth to do their dirty work. The problem is that the youth have no one to look up to so they look to the gangs for sense of comfort and protection. These spineless idiots take advantage of that and get them in too deep to get out. The kids need another avenue to use other than crime. It should start in the home with the parents, but I think we can all agree that this isn't going to happen. Without new recruits, the gangs would fall apart slowly by being arrested and killed because of the life they have chosen. I don't know how to do this because there is no funds for community orginizations for the youth. Nothing worse than boredome and idleness for youth. That always leads to trouble.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 24, 2012 at 04:44 PM in reply to Bloke
      I'm with you till the last few sentences. Youth in a good home, a good church, in school, with homework, hobbies, and chores shouldn't be bored nor idle. Your also wrong about community organizations for the youth, unless the NAACP has been lax lately. Parents are responsible for their off-spring; not organizations.
  • by Ben Location: Kinston on Jan 24, 2012 at 06:42 AM
    We all know the problem. It's feral kids roaming the streets by the time they're twelve or thirteen or even younger. Many of them join gangs to get the sense of belonging they don't get at home. Others succumb to peer pressure and still more to "fear" pressure from older gang members in their neighborhood. It all begins and ends with a system that prohibits fathers from living in these households. Children need discipline and guidance and a single mother with five or six children she cannot control is a recipe for serious trouble.
  • by jim on Jan 24, 2012 at 05:56 AM
    if these brainless dumbbells want to be in a gang ship them off to Afghanistan where they belong they will not last 30 seconds in that country.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 24, 2012 at 04:49 PM in reply to jim
      I do agree that multiple offenders should be shipped out of state to 'show what they are made of' into WAR is a great option. No more pampering in a climate-controlled, kitchen-fed, T.V./Computer room, happy-place. Let these criminals duke it out with the real thing; it's come down to that.
  • by amy on Jan 24, 2012 at 05:30 AM
    Never mind. Should have watched the video first.
  • by amy on Jan 24, 2012 at 05:29 AM
    They are spreading but I doubt they are being pushed out of urban areas. BTW what type white collar crimes? Please explain.
  • by Grant on Jan 24, 2012 at 05:25 AM
    I know how this can be fixed, I just don't know how to implement an invention, get investors, market this idea. Any one have any ideas?
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