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Graffiti, Gangs and Growth

OPB | March 3, 2008 9 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 8:40 p.m.

A murder indictment in Eugene, a near-death in Yamhill County, and a shootout, stabbing, and surge of graffiti in the Keizer-Salem area have law enforcement officials concerned about a rise in gang activity around the state.While the Crips and Bloods dominated Oregon’s gang scene in the 1990s, a group from Central America known as Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, has more recently moved in. Both followed the traditional gang route into the Northwest: driving up I-5.

On Monday, we explore how much Northwest gangs are now home grown and how communities try to keep gangs from taking root.Have you ever been in a gang, or known someone in a gang? Have you tried to convince someone not to join? What do you think is the best way to combat gang violence?

Note: If you caught Friday’s program, you may have heard that Monday’s show would include the story of a young woman who was a member of the Bloods in LA, then moved to Oregon to attend the U of O. She had to cancel her participation for personal reasons.

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