Mike Der Manouel Sr.’s (letter Jan. 26) solution of arresting, convicting and executing gang members is caustic, ignorant and narrow-minded.
Gang problems result from the interaction of sociological, demographic, economic and cultural factors, along with social instability, lack of economic opportunities and a sense of hopelessness.
Community policing — with more officers on the street in prevention mode — coupled with individualized social services and alternative programs for at-risk youth and families are historically successful methods for reducing gang violence.
Gang members who commit horrendous crimes should be dealt with harshly, however, labeling and demonizing will only reap more anger, separation and misunderstanding.
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If we focus our resources and energy on positive programs and interactions with at-risk communities and juveniles, we will make great strides in bridging gaps and reducing gang violence.