Mayor Ballard discusses Indy’s crime in D.C.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – 24-Hour News 8 caught up with Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard after he got back into town from Washington DC Monday night.

Mayor Ballard joined mayors from other U.S. cities to talk about youth violence with White House administration officials and President Obama.

Mayor Ballard said his day in D.C. was productive. He got insight and ideas about how to curb the city’s crime problem from other mayors there.

According to the mayor, the major problem is that too many of the city’s young men of color are getting lost.

“They’re either dropping out or they’ve been expelled and then they age out and we completely lose track of them. We don’t know who they are. We don’t know where they are. They have no skill set and they’re just wandering the streets, and then we wonder why this stuff happens,” Mayor Ballard said.

He said there is no quick fix. It starts at the beginning with health, schooling and mentoring.

Mayor Ballard said he’s also looking into a tracking system to help young men who drop out or are expelled.

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