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
5:49 pm
Mon June 2, 2008

Violence Across the Generations

Incarcerated Moms: Sheila, Johanna, Sharon, Corrie

We continue to discuss the causes and possible solutions to youth violence in our community. Today we explore the possible generational connection between violent parents and their children.

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Project Milwaukee
5:29 pm
Fri May 30, 2008

Life After Gangs

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.

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Project Milwaukee
5:26 pm
Fri May 30, 2008

A World of Gangs

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.

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Project Milwaukee
5:15 pm
Fri May 30, 2008

A Deadly Change: Guns Replace Fists in Youth Fights

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.

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Project Milwaukee
5:12 pm
Fri May 30, 2008

Girls No Strangers to Violence

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.

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