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Project Milwaukee
7:30 pm
Thu June 5, 2008

Juveniles Get Embroiled in Court System at an Early Age

Glen, a 15-year-old resident at Lad Lake.

We've been exploring the issue of youth violence from a variety of angles for the past week on WUWM. We've met children who've been either victims or perpetrators of violent crimes. Some of the offenders wind up in the court system at an early age.

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Project Milwaukee
7:26 pm
Wed June 4, 2008

Safe and Sound

Barbara Notestein is executive director of Safe & Sound in Milwaukee. Aaron Edwards is one of the group’s outreach workers or “community partners.” They speak with Jane Hampden as part of Project Milwaukee: Youth Violence.

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Project Milwaukee
7:23 pm
Wed June 4, 2008

The Economics of Violence

Ron Edari is a professor of sociology and urban studies at UWM. He’s a native of Kenya; he’s lived in Milwaukee since 1972. Edari speaks with Lake Effect’s Dan Harmon about the economic roots of violence in the city.

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Project Milwaukee
7:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2008

MPS Responds to Violence in Schools

South Division student Dimitric Johnson (center) with his youth mentor Fabiana Guzman (left) and school security aid Rhonda Powell (right).

Last year, Milwaukee’s public schools became a testing ground for a national program designed to reduce school violence. Under the Violence Free Zone Initiative, specially-trained youth mentors from the neighborhood walk the halls of local high schools, breaking up fights and diffusing potentially violent situations. It appears the strategy has been working in the six Milwaukee high schools that have implemented the program.

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Project Milwaukee
7:12 pm
Wed June 4, 2008

Youth Violence Can Impact City's Economic Future

Milwaukee has problems with youth violence, just as does nearly every other urban community. While that violence impacts vital components of everyday life such as family relationships, the schools and the criminal justice system, it can also impact economic development. Howard Snyder is Executive Director of the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation and spoke to us as part of our series, Project Milwaukee: Youth Violence.

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Project Milwaukee
7:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2008

New Milwaukee Police Chief

Edward Flynn is Milwaukee Police Chief. He was sworn in in January. He talks with Jane Hampden as part of WUWM’s series, Project Milwaukee: Youth Violence.

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Project Milwaukee
7:05 pm
Tue June 3, 2008

Neighborhood House

Richard Cox is executive director of Neighborhood House of Milwaukee. He speaks with Sara Prince.

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Project Milwaukee
6:55 pm
Tue June 3, 2008

A Patrol Through a Violent, Gang-ridden Neighborhood

A memorial to a gang member who died of gun violence on the city's near north side.

Children in some Milwaukee neighborhoods are likely to become involved in gangs. Teens and even younger kids may sell cocaine, move guns from one location to another, or act as "lookouts" while illegal activities are underway. Officers Louis Kopesky and Daniel Knitter are with the Milwaukee Police Department's 5th District Community Prosecution Unit.

They told Ann-Elise Henzl about the problem during a patrol on the city's near north side.

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Project Milwaukee
6:06 pm
Tue June 3, 2008

It's Easy to Get a Gun

It’s illegal for children to purchase a handgun or even possess one, unless they’re involved in a supervised activity. Yet in Milwaukee, as in other cities, some young people have easy access to guns and actually carry and use them. In this installment of Project Milwaukee: Youth Violence, WUWM's Marge Pitrof explores how young people get their hands on firearms and why some children want them.

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Project Milwaukee
5:39 pm
Tue June 3, 2008

Societal Causes of Milwaukee Gangs

Graffiti marks the death of a gang member on the near north side of Milwaukee.

In some dangerous neighborhoods of Milwaukee, it seems as if there's a roadside memorial every other block. The stuffed animals, votive candles, photos, and bottles of liquor are left at a tree, in honor of someone who died of gang violence. Often the victims and perpetrators of gang crimes are teenagers. Experts say that's a sharp contrast to 30 years ago, when gangs were almost non-existent here.

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