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Governor Phil Bryant said jobs could also go a long way to decrease crime in an area that has seen an increase in violence over the past few years. Governor Phil Bryant said jobs could also go a long way to decrease crime in an area that has seen an increase in violence over the past few years.
Police in Clarksdale say at least half of crimes are sparked by drugs, something Bryant echoed before saying that next year's legislative is going to take a hard look at crime and justice. Police in Clarksdale say at least half of crimes are sparked by drugs, something Bryant echoed before saying that next year's legislative is going to take a hard look at crime and justice.

(WMC-TV) - Crime is on the rise in Clarksdale, Mississippi, but the governor of Mississippi said Friday that jobs may be the answer to curbing the crime.

Governor Phil Bryant said jobs could also go a long way to decrease crime in an area that has seen an increase in violence over the past few years.

People in Clarksdale want to see more red ribbons, and fewer scenes with yellow crime tape.

The town took a big step forward with a new plant. Air Guide and two sister companies held grand openings in Clarksdale where 40 new employees will help manufacture products like patented hospital lights that kill airborne bacteria.

In addition to the current facility, the company announced expansions are already on the horizon.

"We're actually looking at possibly expanding the building, we have room to grow to another 60,000 square feet after that," said Tim Smith with American Green Technologies.

Later this fall Metso Minerals will expand to create 50 more jobs. Bryant said jump-starting employment is just one way to curb crime.

"It is critical, but also getting crime under control," said . "I live in downtown Jackson, and I can tell you businesses have left Jackson and Hinds County because of the crime problem."

Police in Clarksdale say at least half of crimes are sparked by drugs, something Bryant echoed before saying that next year's legislative is going to take a hard look at crime and justice.

"We must get a control on drugs in the state of Mississippi. Ninety percent of these crimes are driven by someone who's either abusing alcohol or drugs," he said.

Bryant and people in town hope new jobs will deter violence in the streets.

Mayor Bill Luckett and his police department said they are working with several agencies like the state bureau of narcotics.

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