LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A panel, hosted by the Lexington Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., helped teach area youth about how to stay out of trouble.
That panel consisted of lawyers, police, corrections officers, a prosecutor, parole officers, parole board members, a defense attorney, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and media representatives.
Organizers say the audience was made up of all age groups from the community, but the message was predominately for the youth of Lexington, letting them know their rights and how to avoid issues which could land them in trouble.
Before that event, a group gathered at The Plantory in Lexington to talk about how to prevent violent crimes, especially since 2016 started out with three homicides so far.
Anita Franklin, found of the Antonio Franklin Jr. Violence Intervention Project and mother of the homicide victim spoke to guests.
“You know, we always educate our children that living to 21 is not your goal. At 21 years old, or even younger, for some of these young men that have lost their lives, that’s when life is starting. So what we want to do is tell them there are some options,” says Franklin.
The group consisted of anti-violence groups, churches and folks in the community.