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Jun 9, 2006
Gangs are becoming more and more of a problem across Virginia, from big cities to rural areas, to even right here in Roanoke where city leaders have finally admitted they exist.

Governor Tim Kaine announced today that there is a gang problem throughout the Commonwealth. Kaine calls his anti-gang initiative "Prevention Comes First." The governor established Virginia's interagency anti-gang work-group today. The group will work with local and state organizations and officials to prevent and reduce gang violence.

Kaine says, "Strong prevention efforts to reduce gang membership are essential because law enforcement alone cannot adequately address the problem of youth gangs." He says there are more than 300 youth gangs throughout the Commonwealth with as many as 5,000 children associated with those gangs. Kaine's program will offer grants of up to
$10,000 to create positive alternatives to gang involvement. This initiative also focuses on public awareness so people learn to recognize problems in their communities.

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