Hear Highlights from “Issues & Ales: Crime in the Greater Birmingham Area”

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There’s a perception that crime is on the rise in and around Birmingham. What’s really happening? Is fear changing our behavior and affecting relationships in our communities? How can Birmingham and surrounding communities work to reduce violent crime? On Thursday, March 10 Local law enforcement officials and community members met to discuss crime and brainstorm solutions for WBHM’s “Issues and Ales: Crime in the Greater Birmingham Area.”

Issues and Ales panelists and WBHM staff.
Beau Gustafson

Issues and Ales panelists and WBHM staff.

Panelists included:

– Dr. Ammie Akin, Executive Director of Better Basics
– Dr. Jarralynne Agee of The Birmingham Violence Reduction Initiative
– Carolyn Johnson-Turner, founder of Birmingham’s Parents Against Violence Foundation
– Former inmate Carmone Owens
– Sergeant John Pennington from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama
– Captain Scott Praytor from the Birmingham Police Department and The First 48 on A&E
– Walladean B. Streeter, President of the Bush Hills neighborhood
– Jeffery T. Walker of the UAB Department of Justice Sciences

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