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Officials Are Worried About Harrison County's Crime Rate
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 26, 2013 @ 11:30AM
Created on April 25, 2013 @ 6:25PM
Thursday Harrison County officials met for a Community Criminal Justice Meeting. There they said crime isn't going down.

Officials said drugs and violence are a huge issue and they want to get it under control. Drugs seem to be behind all of the violence that goes on, whether it be a fight or a robbery. Officials say it's safe to say,drugs are one of the reason crime rates go up. And the solution is to treat the addiction. Yes, it can be treated, but it isn't exactly the easiest thing to do. The new Chief Public Defender said what can be done to help.

"I want to see it clean. What that means is that we really need to start looking at alternative sentencing and trying to fix the problem in our people and not just in the law. We need a real serious solution for them and not just throw the people in jail for how ever long it is. Then they get out and they come right back to the friends they have. It's the same problem, they keep using, and it's and endless cycle," said Joel Mumford, the new Chief Public Defender for Harrison County.
Mumford said crime can never be fully stopped, but it shouldn't be increasing.

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