Spokane Human Rights Commission creates gang prevention subcommittee

Spokane Human Rights Commission creates gang prevention subcommittee

The Spokane Human Rights Commission unanimously voted to create a new subcommittee focusing on Gang Repression, Intervention, and Prevention Tuesday night.

Supporters of the subcommittee say it would bolster the work of the suicide means prevention task force.

According to the commission vice-chair, Nicole Bishop, studies from 2010 indicate that twenty percent of all crime in Spokane is gang-related. Bishop said there are over 200 gangs in Spokane with over 800 total active members. Middle school is a frequent age where youth are targeted for gang involvement.

The subcommittee purpose, which will be added to the SHRC bylaws, states:

Members of this committee shall be responsible for the commissions efforts in areas of interest to the prevention and suppression of gang violence in Spokane. This subcommittee shall coordinate with other civic resources and agencies, and shall work in conjunction with the Education/Planning Subcommittee to promote education and awareness.

The first subcommittee meeting has not yet been announced.