INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department released statistics Tuesday on juvenile arrests through the first nine months of the year.
According to the stats, 322 teens have been led away in cuffs this year. Arrest warrants have been issued for 283 minors through September, and 58 have been investigated for use of firearms .
“It’s out of control, it’s a big issue in the city and around the country,” said Kareem Hines of New Breed of Youth.
Hines runs a mentor program from at risk youth in Marion County.
24-Hour News 8 shared the statistics with Hines and he gave a possible solution to decreasing youth violence in the city.
“We need jobs,” said Hines. “We have to find a way to employ these teens.”
Wishard Hospital is leading part of the campaign to stop youth violence. The hospital has started a prevention program called Prescription Hope. It’s designed to educate teens involved in violent crimes in the aftermath of violence through pictures and thought provoking classes.
“We are trying to do the best medicine possible which is prevention," said Dr. Gerardo Gomez of Wishard Hospital’s Trauma Unit.
Since the program’s inception repeat violent offenders returned to trauma unit 30 percent of the time with injures. Tuesday that number was down to 4 percent.
"It's working,"said Dr.Gerardo Gomez.
These latest statistics come a week after Mayor Greg Ballard returned from a trip to the White House .
President Barrack Obama invited Ballard to the White House to discuss youth violence in the country.
Currently, violent crime is down 5 percent in the city overall. Aggravated assaults are down 19 percent. Those are cases where someone is attacked and bodily harm occurs. Rape cases are down 13 percent in the city from last year.
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