This week on WUWM, we’re looking at the issue of youth violence as part of our special Project Milwaukee series. Many young people from Milwaukee who are convicted of violent crimes do their time at Ethan Allen School near Wales, just west of Waukesha. It’s Wisconsin’s most secure prison for boys. Three inmates from Milwaukee say growing up around violence led them to where they are today.
Stanley Cole is a youth outreach worker with Milwaukee’s Running Rebels organization. He’s a former gang member who spent time in jail. Since then, he’s recruited and worked with hundreds of at-risk young people in Milwaukee, and gained national attention for his efforts. He talks with Jane Hampden.
John Hagedorn of Milwaukee is an associate professor of criminal justice and senior research fellow at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Great Cities Institute. His new book is A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture. He speaks with Jane Hampden.
Youth violence often refers to assaults. All too often, those fights include the use of a gun.UWM criminologist and psychologist Will Pelfrey says parts of Milwaukee have been plagued by gun violence in recent years.
As we continue our series on youth violence in Milwaukee, we meet with five local teenage girls who’ve had first-hand experience with violence, in their case, fighting. Their names are Maria, Jasmine, Kwan, Denise and Destiny, and they’re either 16 or 17 years old. Four of the five admit being violent toward people they don’t like.
Bruce Murphy is editor of Milwaukee Magazine; Kurt Chandler is a senior editor of the magazine. Ricardo Pimentel is editorial page editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. They join Jane Hampden at the end of each month for the Lake Effect Reporter Roundtable. Today the journalists share thoughts about youth violence in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee-born writer and historian John Gurda is a Lake Effect contributor He’s the author of eighteen books including The Making of Milwaukee. He talks with Jane Hampden about the roots of violence in the city.
As part of our series on youth violence, 14 year old Sheldon Fountain, Jr. reads the poem he was inspired to write about a wayward bullet killing a young girl, an innocent bystander. The poem is titled, Generally Speaking, A Reason for Poetry.
Milwaukee officials note that a proliferation of guns and other weapons has accompanied an increase in youth violence here. However, an army of dedicated professionals staff programs designed to reach out to young people whose lives can be turned upside down by the effects of violence.
Starting today, WUWM News and the Lake Effect program are examining the causes of youth violence and possible solutions to what some have called an epidemic afflicting Milwaukee.