Over the past two years, a group of citizens in Jackson County surveyed business owners, students, and community members about gang activity in their community. They published their findings in April in a comprehensive report.
The report shows that 95 percent of gang members in Jackson County are between the ages of 13 and 25. However, the people that reported they were most troubled by gang activity were not youth — they were business owners and adults.
Authors of the report found that gang activity has not gotten worse in the last few years, but concluded that more must be done to curb gang activity. They hope to see a continued focus on providing more youth mentorship and school programs to engage youth in the community.
- Mark Patterson: Medford Police Department school resource officer
- Nicole Paradis: Lead mentor at the LIFE Art — Live, Inspire: Freedom of Expression — program