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Inner City Struggle Explored

June 10, 2008

Gang violence, the drug trade, and the cycle of poverty and hopelessness gripping young people in Milwaukee's inner city is examined in No Minor Crime, a new documentary premiering on Milwaukee Public Television Wednesday, June 18, on MPTV-10 at 6:30 p.m. The program will be repeated Friday, June 20, at 11 p.m. on MPTV-10.

Producer and host Keith Murphy explores inner city socio-economic conditions and how they influence young people to make bad decisions. He also looks at ways to restore their lives and presents stories of hope existing in even the most dismal situations.

The documentary includes interviews with children who joined gangs as young as nine years old as well as with the people and organizations battling to help them.

Greg Williams from Wisconsin Community Services talks about re-entry programs designed to reduce recidivism. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm reviews collaborative efforts between clergy, law enforcement and social services agencies.

US District Attorney Bill Lipscomb talks about the gangs that have been taken off the streets, and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett summarizes the city's efforts. Terrence Ray, executive director of The Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, analyzes the impact of fatherless households . The MPTV production also includes a number of other interviews.