Criminal justice professionals work to get gang members on path of reformation
So far this year, there have been seven gang-related murders in Multnomah County, Oregon, with countless other criminal incidents deriving from gang violence, The Oregonian reports. In order to control this issue, four parole officers in the area are supervising 250 gang members with the help of police, prosecutors and gang outreach specialists.
To keep local gang members from being arrested or killed, past offenders are told that their parole officers can help them find a job, counseling services or a location where they can receive an education. Pat Callahan, a prosecutor in the county, told the news source that if gang members do not accept this assistance, they will probably return to prison.
In North Carolina, criminal justice professionals are also working to control the gang problem, Eyewitness News reports. Greenville City Council members recently met with Police Chief William Anderson and other municipal officials to find a way to curb gang violence in the area.
Local law enforcement officers and City Council members plan to hold an open forum in the future so the public can discuss their opinions on gang violence.