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Indy pastors preach how they eradicated crime in their neighborhoods

On Friday, a group of out of town pastors came to Louisville to talk about how they took back their streets. (Source: WAVE 3 News) On Friday, a group of out of town pastors came to Louisville to talk about how they took back their streets. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Pastor Vincent James (Source: WAVE 3 News) Pastor Vincent James (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Reverend Charles Harrison (Source: WAVE 3 News) Reverend Charles Harrison (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – They are scenes we see all too often. The vigils, the prayer services, the balloon releases and those repeated calls for the community to come together.

"I attend a lot of meetings and I hear the same thing," Pastor Vincent James, of the Elim Baptist Church, said.

But Thursday, Louisville got to hear what coming together actually looks like.

"We've really seen a lot of success on the ground," Reverend Charles Harrison, from Indianapolis, said. 

His organization, Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition, has been able to infiltrate three Indy neighborhoods that were considered high crime. In all three, they have gone 11 months without anyone between 14 and 24 being killed. They report they didn't have any homicides in two of those neighborhoods during that time.

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"People were really looking for solutions," Harrison said. "They were looking to partner to try to deal with this issue."

They did it in 10 moves. For example, volunteers with street cred are paid to walk the streets. They help find jobs for ex-offenders and teach some how to read. They also help police with the information they need to actually solve cases.

"It's encouraging because as you continue to do the work you see the high's and the lows," James said.

It took the Ten Point Coalition years to eradicate the crime but Reverend Harrison said giving up was not an option.

"Don't become so numb to the violence that you accept it as a part of the life of this city," Harrison said. "If the community and village does it together you will see results on the street."

To view the Ten Point Coalition’s strategies to reduce youth violence, click here.

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