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What's Behind San Diego's Gang Problem?

Dec. 6
By Megan Burks

Local law enforcement say gangs have gotten worse in the last five years. Officers say it's due to prison realignment. Researchers say San Diego is behind the gang deterrence curve.

Report Shows Concerns Growing Over San Diego Street Gangs

Dec. 5
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A report released by the San Diego Association of Governments shows local officials are more concerned about gangs today than five years ago.

Careers For Mid-City Youth Sprout From Unlikely Place

Aug. 15
Bianca Bruno
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A nonprofit that helps youth find jobs after being arrested is drawing from the local food movement to teach responsibility.

Retiring Assistant Police Chief Reflects On Race, Gangs And The Budget

July 30
By Megan Burks
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Lawrence McKinney, one of three black officers to take a top post at the San Diego Police Department, retires Thursday. He reflects on the headway made on race relations in the mid-city community.

New San Diego County Shelter Aids Young Victims Of Sex Trafficking

July 1
By Amita Sharma

New four-bed shelter offers girls therapy, academics and "life skills."

Gang Violence In San Diego's North County - What's Being Done?

March 28
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Gang violence is an ongoing problem in the North County with nearly two dozen gangs claiming turf along the Highway 78 corridor.

How Budget Cuts Have Forced SD's Hand on Gang Policing

March 15
By Megan Burks
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San Diego Police Chief William Landsdowne's comments to City Council Monday painted a pretty clear -- and frightening -- picture.

'People for a Safe Community' Calls For Stricter Federal Gun Laws

March 1
By Alison St John
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A group formed after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary will meet in Hillcrest Saturday to call for changes in federal gun laws.

Three Convicted Of Murder In Craigslist Robbery-Killing

Nov. 15
KELLY WHEELER, City News Service

Three young men were convicted today of first-degree murder in the death of a college student who was lured to a late-night robbery in Paradise Hills by a Craigslist ad for a laptop computer.

Roundtable: Mayor's Race, San Diego Hate Groups, Crowdsourcing Emergency Aid

Sept. 7
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The never-ending round of mayoral debates continues -- with some new twists. Hate groups hang on in San Diego County by changing their message. A local company discovers how to use crowdsourcing to find lost hikers 4,000 miles away.

13 Hate Groups Tracked In San Diego County

Sept. 5
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The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified 13 hate groups in San Diego County and another 12 which are statewide. An eclectic bunch, they include white racist skinheads, patriot groups, black separatists, anti-immigrant groups, and Christian identity groups.

San Diego's Alpha Project Is All About Lifting People Up

April 26
By Dwane Brown
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"We're taking it back to basics, teaching guys who have been homeless or in prison the basic responsibilities of life they forget or never learned."

San Diego Alpha Project Transforming Lives Of Former Felons And Addicts

April 24
By Dwane Brown
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The Alpha Project's "Take Back the Streets" program has been transforming lives for more than 20 years.

Are SDPD's Curfew Sweeps Doing The Job?

March 13
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In 2008, the San Diego Police Department began a series of curfew sweeps in urban neighborhoods in an effort to curb violent crime and protect juveniles. Four years later, voiceofsandiego.org has taken a look at the numbers to find out if the sweeps are doing the job.

Services Tonight For 13-year Old Killed In Tijuana

Jan. 31
By Marissa Cabrera

Services will be held Tuesday night for a 13-year old San Ysidro Middle School student shot and killed over the weekend in Tijuana. He was one of five males killed in what is being called an attack by organized crime.