Christopher 2X http://wfpl.org en Documentary Focuses on Prison Culture in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/documentary-focuses-prison-culture-kentucky <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A PBS documentary scheduled for broadcast in late April dissects the pattern of incarceration in America by turning the lens on prison culture in Kentucky.</span></p><p>Produced by "Frontline," the documentary features several members of the Louisville community, including Jayjuan Taylor, the 14-year-old that has been a voice in the recent concerns of <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/young-people-dissatisfied-louisville-mayor-greg-fischers-plan-curb-downtown-violence">teenage violence</a>.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:28:38 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9058 at http://wfpl.org Documentary Focuses on Prison Culture in Kentucky Teen Violence: Community Walk Across Big Four Bridge Draws Crowd, Criticism http://wfpl.org/post/teen-violence-community-walk-across-big-four-bridge-draws-crowd-criticism <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the latest response to last week's downtown teen violence, nearly 200 people joined Mayor Greg Fischer for a walk across the Big Four Bridge Sunday afternoon, but while the event attracted a crowd, it also attracted critics, who question whether it will help solve the problems that inspired it.&nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:32:01 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9014 at http://wfpl.org Teen Violence: Community Walk Across Big Four Bridge Draws Crowd, Criticism Charges Dropped In TARC Stabbings; Downtown Louisville Violence Followed Vigil For Victims http://wfpl.org/post/charges-dropped-tarc-stabbings-downtown-louisville-violence-followed-vigil-victims <p>A man charged with murdering a 14-year-old boy on a TARC bus has been released from jail.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:32:28 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8983 at http://wfpl.org Charges Dropped In TARC Stabbings; Downtown Louisville Violence Followed Vigil For Victims 'Compassion Walk' to Commemorate Parkland Shootings Criticized http://wfpl.org/post/compassion-walk-commemorate-parkland-shootings-criticized <p>Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, and community activist Christopher 2x announced a march to commemorate the triple homicide in the Parkland neighborhood last year.</p><p>But one of the family members of a victim says it's a misplaced attempt by the city lawmaker and activist to grab headlines.</p><p>The shootings at 32nd Street and Greenwood Avenue occurred on May 17, 2012, resulting in the deaths of Craig Bland Jr., 22, Tyson Mimms, 24 and Makeba Lee, 24.</p><p>At least one of the shootings occurred in front of dozens of onlookers, including local media and police officers. The brazen act sparked local <a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2012/05/17/fischer-condemns-shootings-will-meet-with-west-end-leaders/">outrage among residents and elected officials</a> and a mayoral task force was launched to conduct a study on how to prevent violence.</p><p>During a Monday press conference, Scott and 2X announced plans to hold a moment of silence on May 17 featuring Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad, along with a "Compassion Walk" on May 18 at the site of the three homicides.</p><p>"What I’m hoping it will do is one, to help people to reflect on the fact that we have lost way too many lives in the city of Louisville to senseless and unnecessary gun violence," says Scott. "And also to ask themselves what are they doing to make a difference in neighborhoods that are experiencing this type of violence."</p><p>But Lee's grandfather says it's disturbing neither Scott's office or 2X's group Connected Voices contacted his family about the march, adding the focus should be more about solutions than their personal tragedies. Mon, 06 May 2013 23:35:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5279 at http://wfpl.org 'Compassion Walk' to Commemorate Parkland Shootings Criticized