Memphis Leaders Asking State for Help With Crime Problem

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(Memphis) Memphis Police are investigating a robbery and shooting at the Sterling Townhomes on Raines.

Police say the victim was shot during a robbery just after midnight, and that suspect was also shot.

This continues a string of shootings in Memphis, with almost a shooting every day for the past week.

Now city leaders are pleading for help from the state to keep convicts behind bars.

Right now criminals are being convicted for violent crimes, but allowed out of jail for just serving a fraction of their sentence.

Jim Strickland believes the city’s crime rate is driving people out of Memphis, and the situation has gotten so bad he says the state must step.

Strickland wants the state legislators to toughen sentences, “We need truth in sentencing, meaning if you’re convicted of a violent crime and sentenced to ten years you must serve ten years and not be out after three."

State Representative G.A. Hardaway is in Nashville for the session and says lawmakers should look at increasing the penalties for some convicted felons to deter them from committing even more crimes.

But Hardaway says it's important to leave room for the judge to decide when each person should be allowed to parole out of jail.

WREG news commentator Otis Sanford said he believes part of the issue comes from plea deals for lesser charges.

Another problem he sees is with convicts getting out early due to overcrowding in jails.

“I think we need to look closely at the people who are in prison for drugs, especially drug use, and think twice about whether those people need to be in jail as opposed to people who are committing very, very violent crimes."

Sanford says he believes the federal department of justice is going in the right direction by not sentencing certain drug crimes to prison time and the state should follow.

Representative Hardaway is on the criminal justice committee and says he doesn't know of any items to toughen sentences, but he says they are talking about expanding electronic monitoring for people out on parole or probation to free up jail space.


  • blakspartan

    In a previous article city councilman democrat pet black Lee Harris said crime is a big issue but not a top priority, they are more concerned in other things like entertainment, such as the baseball stadium, revitalizing downtown, they can care less for crime as long as it is not near there neighborhood

  • blakspartan

    I hope blacks would consider voting another way since the democratic party and their black slaves can care less of what goes on the black community besides throwing bar-b-que block parties every time someone is killed

  • What You Say

    The issues in the black communities must be addressed first to cut down crime. Poverty, drug addiction, gangs, unemployment, education. Only until then will one see a change.

    • Freedomwasawesome

      We have been dumping money into those issues for YEARS. It doesn’t work. Holding people accountable is the only solution. Stop lowering standards Make those who won’t work go hungry. There is confusion about who the poor are Feed the poor not the lazy

  • Terrie

    I agree with Freedom-too much money has already been wasted. They will just take it & ask for more. Make them stay in jail. HARD time. Get the right people in there.I see them laughing as they walk out of jail after a plea. Put the fear back into the jails. Take all the amenities out!! Feed them bologna.

  • smith

    It can only get worse from here, with the leadership we have. People Memphis is lost. Where will these slugs go next.

  • Arthur

    LIttle Detroit is one dangerous city. Thank God I moved away 20 years ago. I wonder who will be shot and killed today? And they say crime is down and sadly, fools believe it. (If you tell the truth and report that crime is truly up, it hurts revenue coming into the city.)

  • Don

    Here is The $50 Lesson

    Recently, while I was working in the flower beds in the front yard, my neighbors stopped to chat as they returned home from walking their dog. During our friendly conversation, I asked their little girl what she wanted to be when she grew up.

    She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, Democratic Party members, were standing there so I asked her, “If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?”

    She replied… “I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.” Her parents beamed with pride! “Wow…what a worthy goal!” I said. “But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that!” I told her.

    “What do you mean?” she replied.

    So I told her, “You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and trim my hedge, and I’ll pay you $50. Then you can go over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.”

    She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?”

    I said, “Welcome to the Republican Party.” Her parents aren’t speaking to me anymore.

  • Don

    Why do we not have a Penal Farm like we used to have. The convicts had to work back then instead of being just Idle people who are pampered with Air conditions TV and the such. They could start with cleaning liter up in the county, and go on to other tasks.


    What you need in a situation like this is some good ole Texas Justice…Give them lenghty prison sentences on their first offense for violent crimes(5-99 years with no chance for parole)and for each subsequent violent offense they will give you an additional 30 years(without parole)added to your sentence…you’ll be begging for the death penalty…so you’ll think about the consequences of committing violent crimes…

  • IWishUWould

    You see the problem is our Mayor who can’t tie his shoes right, let alone run the city. the money we give to help with the problems have gone to the Pyramid, and baseball stadium and not what it was intended for. We need new people in office and we need to stop letting people tell us lies.

  • Soul Beat

    I will say it again Memphis need jobs. Locking folks up for a long time is not it. Guys are no longer scared of jail. Hu jail whats that its play land now. The music business make a big star out of you if you do time. Poeple are so far off, this is what happen when you get stuck up and not keeping up with real people in your day to day walk. The streets have changed so much working folks have no clue whats going on any more. Locking them up, dumping more money to the so call 501c3 or c4 groups, increasing the penalties are all wrong. Like I said time and time again you need leaders the young people can see as one of them. Our so called leaders today are stuck up to cute to talk, some act like they don’t want to even shak your hand. There is NO leader we have out in Memphis that the young folks respect none. All a young black person see in this town is pain. There are those that want young black just to be wharehouse workers they are told by the city none of you are smart enough to work a good job. So I ask you why should they act any other way look at what you say to them about them. I’m just one man call me crazy if you wish most do but you will see how worse its going to get. This is just the start. Do’nt forget summer have not started yet crime is now at all our door step.

    • Freedomwasawesome

      I don’t believe they would work if there were jobs


      Jesse, graciously made time to hold a press conference, before loading the three local evacuees onto the buses.

      There’s plenty of room to stretch out on the bus. Of the hundreds of locally displaced and languishing citizens who “should have priority over imported workers to rebuild the city”, only three joined him in St. Louis. Two of the three speak only Spanish.

    • John Snow

      I agree with you that we need jobs. But first of all the people are not qualified to fill the vacancy of new jobs -they dropped out of school. Second what company wants to come to Memphis with the highest crime rate below Detroit?

  • Freedomwasawesome

    What we need is equal schools. Dang that didn’t work

    No what we need are welfare programs so that kids can get the proper care and food so they can perform better in the better school. Dang that didn’t work

    No what we need are food programs at the better school because the parents may not spend the welfare on what they are supposed to or they are just too depressed or busy to prepare proper meals for the kids to be nurished and able to perform well. Dang that’s didn’t work either

    No what we need are after school basketball programs
    :( sorry to say that’s not working either

    I’ve got it!!! A black president!! That will do it.
    Nope he is only half black. That won’t work either

  • Freedomwasawesome

    The black community has to hold its own accountable. Making excuses and not taking responsibility is killing your community. Literally

  • John Snow

    I have to admit it, I am at a loss. Our Mayor and Chief of Police are telling us that crime is down, ‘guns down’ is making a difference. If that be the case then why call on the state to help with the problem of ‘no crime?’

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