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Gang Problem in Baton Rouge (1986)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-05-18

Duration: 00:14:47

Subjects: UNEMPLOYMENT | Crime | Gangs | Drugs


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Jetson, Raymond Interviewee
  • Paixo, Frank Interviewee
  • Temple, Collis, Jr. Interviewee
  • Nixon, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Horton, George Interviewee
  • Warner, Greg Interviewee
  • Ridgely, Regmond Interviewee
  • Ridgely, Keith Interviewee
  • Young, Johnny Interviewee


This segment from the May 18, 1986 episode of the series “Folks” features Sonya Masingale’s report on the gang problem in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She reports that the crime rate in Baton Rouge increased by 25% in 1985. Masingale’s report touches on the impact of high unemployment and drugs on the increase in gang membership. She interviews: State Representative Raymond Jetson; Detective Frank Paixo of the Baton Rouge Police Department; Collis Temple, Jr. of the Mayor’s Council on Youth Opportunity; Jimmy Nixon, George Horton, Greg Warner, Regmond Ridgely, and Keith Ridgley, participants in a program at the Eden Park Community Center to prevent teenagers from joining gangs; and Dr. Johnny Young, a psychologist. Host: Rob Hinton