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Jackson leaders respond to ranking in top 15 most dangerous cities

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - It was a typical Monday morning at Jackson Police Headquarters. 

Accused criminals shuffled into vans following initial appearances before a judge. 

Jeffrey Wilson was one of them.

"I'm completely innocent. You know I wouldn't do nothing like that," Wilson told reporters Monday.

Instead of being in school the 16 year old was in chains charged with kidnapping and robbing a Belhaven University Student November 3rd.  

Wilson is being held at the Hinds County Detention Center without bond.

CQ Press named Mississippi's capital city the 14th most dangerous in the country, right under Memphis, Tennessee and New Orleans, Louisiana. 

That's an improvement from last year where Jackson was named 9th.

"You never want your city to be at the top of any category and we're glad it improved, but our issues with crime have to be dealt with on a day to day basis," said Jackson Police Assistant Chief Lee Vance.

Jackson Police have investigated 35 homicides this year. 

Vance said a reduction in violent crime is not only a concern for officers, but also needs to be a community and family issue.

"We who live in Jackson who live and work in this community will be the judge of how good a place this is or is not to live in," said Vance.

Mayor Harvey Johnson questioned the methodology of the study and believed Jackson is on the up and up.

"Jackson has received its share of good rankings, talking about the metro economy being one of the strongest in the country," said Mayor Johnson.

The rankings are calculated based on population figures and crime data compiled by the FBI.   

CQ Press stated in a press release that some criminologists consider the findings controversial because crime levels are affected by a variety of factors including economic conditions and education levels.

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