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First National Conference to Combat Gang Violence

La Opinion, Posted: Aug 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.Over 130 national leaders gathered at the White House on Monday for the first conference addressing gang violence prevention and crime control, reports La Opinin. The Justice Department and the Obama administration moderated the conference and raised issues such as police department tactics, recruitment methods, and the governments role in solving gang violence.

Attorney General Eric Holder asserted that the fight against gangs must involve "creating partnerships with local public safety." In addition, several conference participants stressed that the strategy to combat gangs should not be based solely on imprisoning gang members, but also in resolving the social problems that lead young people to join.

According to current figures from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States has 20,000 violent gangs with approximately one million members.


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