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Survey Shows Gang Violence Increasing in the South

JULY 3, 2006 - Posted at 7:21 a.m. CST


CHATTANOOGA, TN - A national survey shows gang activity is increasing in the South and Tennessee law enforcement officials as well as their colleagues in other states are taking steps to curtail it.

The 2005 National Gang Threat Assessment by the National Alliance of Gang Investigators' Associations reported that 50 percent of southern agencies responding to the survey reported an increase in the presence of gangs over the past five years.

Within the past six months, more than 45 percent reported at least a slight increase in the presence of gangs, according to the recent survey published by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

The collective alliance effort provides one of the few national and regional pictures of gang activity.

Some volunteers screen inmates to learn more about local gang affiliation.  The intelligence they collect could help law enforcement groups in criminal investigations and strengthen prosecutions.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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