Project Milwaukee: Youth Violence

Spring of 2008, Lake Effect and WUWM News journalists teamed up to examine the deep roots of youth violence in Milwaukee, along with possible solutions.



From May 29 to June 6, 2008, WUWM explored youth violence through more than 30 radio reports and a community forum. These reports introduced listeners to children who live with violence, as well as those who are perpetrators of violent crimes. WUWM also looked at the economics of violence, and how it affects the entire community. The stories and interviews featured both the causes and the solutions to the problem.

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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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Project Milawaukee
6:03 pm
Mon June 2, 2008

Violence in the Neighborhood

Willie Hines, Jr. is president of the Milwaukee Common Council. He represents the city’s 15th district on the near north side, where he grew up. He discusses youth violence with Jane Hampden.

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Project Milwaukee
6:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2008

Stop Teen Violence

Joy Price is young adult librarian and coordinator of the Stop Teen Violence program at the Milwaukee Public Library. There's a seminar tonight at the Forest Home Library called “Protect Yourself.” Speakers will discuss safe relationships, conflict resolution and self defense. Price speaks with Jane Hampden.

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Project Milwaukee
5:57 pm
Mon June 2, 2008

Juvenile Offenders Say Violence Way of Life in Milwaukee

Chain-link fences and razor wire surround Ethan Allen School, the state's most secure prison for boys

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.

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