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Jackson City Councilman holds crime summit

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A crime summit was held at Jackson's city hall Sunday afternoon. There was a small showing for the meeting led by Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes.

The "Saving and Reclaiming Our Youth" conference focused on crime prevention and how to keep children in school.  Several people walked up to the podium to share their experience with violence in the community. The founder of McCoy's Christian School on Martin Luther King Junior Drive said their after school program helps to keep children in their books and off the street.

"We're trying to provide the best atmosphere and education and teach the children about Christ so we can eliminate some of the violence and some of the gangs that is going on," said Louise McCoy.

"If you can see that if you drop out of school you're going to go to jail, or something like that the vast majority, it looked like the solution would be to make sure we keep kids in school," said Councilman Stokes.

Two teens also talked about how they combat peer pressure and work hard in school.  The crime summit lasted a little over an hour.

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