Judge Hatchett Speaks In Fort Wayne About Violence

By Jake Perrone - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

November 3, 2013 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – With a record high number of homicides so far this year, the Reverend Bill McGill decided to call in an expert.

The Honorable Glenda Hatchett was a guest speaker at Imani Baptist Temple in Fort Wayne Sunday morning to speak on the violence plaguing the city.

From 2000 to 2008, Judge Hatchett presided over one of the best-loved arbitration-based reality court shows on television and was twice nominated for an Emmy Award.

Judge Hatchett believes the solution to violence is for the older generation to help mentor and support young people through volunteerism, coaching, and other resources.

"It can be done. We've seen it done, and when you think about the alternatives it's such a minimal investment in a way and we have to invest in our young people because otherwise we're going to pay dearly on the back end,” said Judge Hatchett.

To combat some of the dysfunctional thinking she finds all too common in communities around the country, Judge Hatchett founded "Parent Power Now", a premiere online parenting network.

In addition to that, she suggests keeping schools open later, or having after school programs run later into the evening to help keep kids out of trouble.

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