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Welcome to the Gang-Related News Articles page. This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various U.S. and Canadian news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined and filtered by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory.

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Meridian gangs sign peace treaty (Meridian, MS): Fifth Street Baptist Church in Meridian is creating ways for teens to get out and make a positive impact in the community. One church leader has done just that by getting Meridian gangs to sign a peace treaty.
Source: WTOK 11 News    Date: March 17, 2018

Monitor Warned About Gang Influence at Mississippi Prison (Jackson, MS): A woman who monitored a privately-run prison for Mississippi officials told them in 2015 that gang members were "running things."
Source: U.S. News & World Report     Date: March 13, 2018

Gang activity ‘has increased alarmingly’ in South Mississippi. Here’s where it’s happening. (South MS): Simon City Royal gang member Welford Lee McCarty, aka “Pork Chop,” shot and killed a fellow gang member, the force of the gunshot blast thrusting the victim’s body into a makeshift grave in rural Greene County.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: March 5, 2018

Gang bill shot down again (Jackson, MS): A legislative effort to broaden the definition of gangs and criminal gang activity appears to have failed for the second straight year.
Source: Mississippi Today    Date: February 27, 2018

Gang bill's authors urge House to open it up for debate (Jackson, MS): Just put the bill up for debate, say crafters of the Anti-Gang Act, or Senate Bill 2868.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: February 22, 2018

MDOC, DPS commissioners explain gang number discrepancy (Jackson, MS): Confusing wording led to a discrepancy in the release of gang numbers in Mississippi's correctional system, according to a joint statement from state officials. That discrepancy between a report by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security's Analysis and Information Center in its Gang Threat Assessment earlier this month and the response last week to an open records request from two lawmakers has added fuel to the debate over a bill now pending in the House that's designed to crack down on gang-related crime.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: February 21, 2018

Why did MDOC tell 2 senators gang number is half what was previously reported amount? (Jackson, MS): The number of gang members in the state's prison system released in a public records request by two Mississippi senators is half that published in the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security's gang threat assessment, according to the state Public Defender's Office.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: February 19, 2018

Opposition to anti-gang bill in MS says bill targets African-Americans (Jackson, MS): The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus is speaking out against an anti-gang bill. During a public hearing at the capitol, community groups voiced their concerns about the bill.
Source: WMC 5 News    Date: February 17, 2018

Gangster Disciples member sentenced for violent incident involving repo men (West Memphis, MS): A West Memphis gang member was sentenced to more than a decade in federal prison, according to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Marvin Meux, 45, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Source: WHBQ FOX13 News    Date: February 16, 2018

Gang Bill Could Increase Prison Costs, Disparately Affect African Americans (Jackson, MS): Proposed legislation to crack down on gangs statewide could lead to increased prison costs, a move that would counteract the state's progress in decreasing the number of inmates—and taxpayer dollars used to incarcerate those inmates—since 2014.
Source: Jackson Free Press    Date: February 15, 2018

Never Back Down: Mississippi Escalates War on Gangs (Jackson, MS): Four 16-year-olds are standing on a street corner in Richland, Miss., all wearing identical hoodies.
Source: Jackson Free Press    Date: February 14, 2018

Gang bill faces criticism from Black Caucus, other organizations (Jackson, MS): At least a half dozen experts emphasized Wednesday at a Legislative Black Caucus at the Capitol their opposition to a gang bill working its way through the Mississippi Legislature.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: February 14, 2018

'Anti-Gang' Bills: One Alive As Experts Warn About Downside (Jackson, MS): Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, did not want to debate the "anti-gang" bill for long this morning, and after about half an hour, he tabled House Bill 541, noting that the Senate had already passed its version of the legislation. Gipson will likely take up that bill when it comes over to the House of Representatives.
Source: Jackson Free Press    Date: February 8, 2018

DA Lawrence takes aim on gang activity in Jackson County (Ocean Springs, MS): There have been strong reactions from many about the rise in violent crimes in Jackson County. Some officials believe the rise may possibly be in connection with a growing gang problem.
Source: WLOX News    Date: February 8, 2018

Mississippi Could Set Penalties for Luring People Into Gangs (Jackson, MS): The Mississippi Senate voted Wednesday to set penalties for people who lure others into gang activities. Black lawmakers raised concerns that the proposal could lead to racial profiling.
Source: U.S. News & World Report     Date: February 7, 2018

'Anti-Gang' Bill Heads to Full House to Expand Policing Powers (Jackson, MS): Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, called the "Mississippi Anti-Gang Act" one of the most significant pieces of legislation the Legislature could pass in 2018. The bill would make "criminal gang activity" a separate offense from any underlying misdemeanor or felony a person is accused of if prosecutors can prove they are gang members.
Source: Jackson Free Press    Date: January 26, 2018

Local police respond to street gang threat assessment (Tupelo, MS): Police departments in Tupelo and Corinth responded to a recent study on the threat of street gangs released this week.
Source: WTVA News    Date: January 25, 2018

State intelligence center releases hard gang figures in threat assessment (Jackson, MS): Within a two-year period, more than 400 juvenile gang members passed through the Hinds County Youth Court, according to a study released late Tuesday by the Mississippi Analysis and Information Center.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: January 24, 2018

Simon City Royals sentenced after kidnapping woman and holding her in suspected meth house (Pascagoula, MS): A judge has ordered a Vancleave woman to prison for 23 years for her involvement in a kidnapping by members and associates of the Simon City Royals street gang.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: January 24, 2018

Poor crime reporting could cost Mississippi law enforcement agencies federal funds (Jackson, MS): In the gang crime discussion, some lawmakers and even law enforcement officials deny the existence and proliferation of the criminal organizations because nobody in their agency or jurisdiction is keeping statistics.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: January 24, 2018

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