Cities across the country are grappling with huge spikes in gangs and gang related violence. Chicago, Charlotte and even smaller size communities, such as Asbury Park and Neptune, New Jersey are experiencing such an escalation in gang related shootings that officials are scrambling to quell the violence.
Charlotte, North Carolina is said to have over 100 street gangs – although some officials put that figure at between 20-30. In New Jersey, it’s estimated that 244 street gangs with membership exceeding 17,000 are exacting a bloody toll on a host of cities and towns. The nation is now at a critical juncture in its approach to gang violence.