Community leaders unveil new plans for keeping teens out of gangs

SAN DIEGO -- Concerned community leaders met on Thursday night to brainstorm ways of preventing young people from getting involved with gangs.

There are currently 33 identified juvenile gang members in the city.  The San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention said in Thursday night's meeting that their first priority is getting that number down.

Some activists expressed their concerns that labeling young people as gang members is dangerous and that it could follow them into adulthood.

The San Diego Police Department reports they have identified 3, 623 gang member in the city and are proud that number is down from previous years.

Community members also said that the gang commission has created new roads, but the gang list needs to be flexible for young people who are working to turn their lives around.