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Think Gangs Are Only In Memphis' Poorest Neighborhoods? Think Again

From: Candice Ludlow
Series: Gangs in the City
Length: 09:52

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This piece examines the gang problem through the eyes of Shelby County Sheriff Sergeant Eldridge, who leads the Street Crimes Unit working to eliminate the presence of gangs and drugs on Memphis’ streets. Eldridge has identified the neighborhoods where particular gangs reside. He discusses the ways that law enforcement obtains information about gangs, and how he goes about working in gang-infested areas. Read the full description.

Ngic-ndic-us-gang-presence-06-11-map_small This piece examines the gang problem through the eyes of Shelby County Sheriff Sergeant Eldridge, who leads the Street Crimes Unit working to eliminate the presence of gangs and drugs on Memphis’ streets. Eldridge has identified the neighborhoods where particular gangs reside. He discusses the ways that law enforcement obtains information about gangs, and how he goes about working in gang-infested areas.

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The crime rate in Memphis and across the nation has gone down substantially. But violent crime involving young people has not. For Memphis, the persistence of youth violence is directly and indirectly tied to gangs. Memphis, like many cities across America, is struggling with near-chronic gang problems. According to the National Gang Center, many cities started reporting gang problems in the mid-1990s. Memphis is one of those cities. Candice Ludlow reports some gangs were exported from Chicago and Los Angeles while others are more homegrown.

Almost any night, you can turn on the TV news and hear about another shooting in Memphis. Gangs stretch into every corner of Shelby County, not only in some of Memphis’ most gritty and impoverished neighborhoods. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department has ID’d approximately 8,400 gang members and 182 gangs and gang sets in the county.

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The crime rate in Memphis and across the nation has gone down substantially. But violent crime involving young people has not. For Memphis, the persistence of youth violence is directly and indirectly tied to gangs. Memphis, like many cities across America, is struggling with near-chronic gang problems. According to the National Gang Center, many cities started reporting gang problems in the mid-1990s. Memphis is one of those cities. Candice Ludlow reports some gangs were exported from Chicago and Los Angeles while others are more homegrown.

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