Violent Crime




After a year in which there were 108 homicides in Charlotte -- the most since 1993 -- Charlotte's City Council is looking at treating violent crime as a public health issue. WFAE’s health reporter Claire Donnelly talks with All Things Considered host Gwendolyn Glenn about what, exactly, that might mean.


Gwendolyn Glenn: Claire, what does it mean to take a public health approach to something like crime or violence?


Mecklenburg County’s new bail policy is a big topic in law enforcement circles. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney criticized it last month saying too many violent offenders are on electronic monitoring, when they should be awaiting trial in jail. According to CMPD, 20 people charged with murder-related offenses are out on electronic monitoring. Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather agrees there’s a problem.