Triangle Briefs

Durham gang report cites good, lays fault

From Staff ReportsDecember 20, 2007 

— The City Council and Board of County Commissioners meet at 10 a.m. today to discuss a long-awaited assessment of Durham's gang problems.

The $65,000 report, conducted by two gang experts and paid for with city and county tax dollars, says there are about 1,000 documented gang members in Durham County, though it's unclear how many of those are active.

The report says the city has made progress in dealing with gangs, including the 30-officer gang unit in the police department -- which is the largest in the state.

But it also lays blame for failures. The report faults Durham Public Schools for inadequately steering at-risk youth away from gangs. It says the Durham County District Attorney's Office is woefully understaffed, often leading to light prosecution of gang members.

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