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Many of you know Judge Glenda Hatchett from her two-time Emmy-nominated show "Judge Hatchett." But she was also the chief presiding judge for the Fulton County Juvenile Court, impacting lives of countless teens in Atlanta. 

Judge Hatchett spoke with CBS46's Sharon Reed in a previous report about black-on-black crime and how she feels about it. They continue their conversation below on how to decrease gun violence.

Reed: "These are conversations we have in African American homes everyday."

Judge Hatchett: "Everyday. And it is real. And I am concerned about the fact that too many black people are killing black people, and we have to be just as concerned when the victim is black and when the perpetrator is white, and when the perpetrator is white and when the victims and perpetrators are both black. Having said that though, statistically, we know from all the FBI studies nationally that it is more likely that a white person is going to commit a crime, a violent crime, against another white person. Statistically we know that. But, we have got to really look particularly at what's going on in Georgia [which is] 27 percent higher for gun-related violence than the national norm. That should be of great concern to us."

Reed: "Why?"

Judge Hatchett: "That's the conversation we have to have. We've had a recent bill pass by the legislator of the state that says we can take guns into restaurants, into schools and into a number of public places now, and that's OK? We have to get away this wild west mentality. There were more people between 2000 and 2010 killed in Georgia by guns than people who died in that same period in war in Afghanistan."

Reed: "For people who aren't people of color, is it fair to let them in on the conversation we have in our own homes? As you said, you're not absolving anybody. Some of the young people that have come before you...a personal responsibility."

Judge Hatchett: "No I am not, but ultimately this gun, particularly the gun violence issue is a conversation that we must have, not only in our homes and African American families, but it has to be a national conversation. It has to be a conversation that has sustainability."

Reed: "You know I talked to somebody recently, a man who said, listen, black on black crime is code. It's to demonize black people because as you said, there's white on white crime, Hispanics kill Hispanics, but it's only us that it seems to be this larger conversation. Does it worry you that at times there's police brutality and the country is obsessed with it right now? And then suddenly the conversation pivots to black-on-black crime. Should they be compared?"

Judge Hatchett: "I don't think they should be compared, but I think that there should be a sense of urgency about both."

Reed: "But when you hear someone outside of the black community say, well they're killing other people, why should we care, they don't care, life's not valued in the black community, segments of the black community?"

Judge Hatchett: "And life is mattered in our community...and I would push back on that and frankly say to people that this is an epidemic of violence in this country and that we all have a responsibly to deal with it."

Judge Hatchett: "Let me just tell you that my dream is to have intergenerational programs so that you have retired citizens coming after school and working with that hard-headed little sixth grader who thinks he's grown. I want him to see a Mr. Jones because he may not have ever seen his grandfather. And I want him to see Mrs. Jones and see what a family looks like, a man who has supported his family and worked hard, and a woman who has been a great mother and a great part of that community. That's what I want to see and that is my dream to do that."

Reed: "But judge, for critics who say that's a dream, but that sixth grader, that hard-headed sixth grader, you're never gonna reach him. He's lost."

Judge Hatchett: "Yes we will. No, no, he's not lost. He is not lost, because one of the things I pride myself on is the fact that I had a single digit recidivism rate in my court. That is unheard of."

Reed: "How did you get there?

Judge Hatchet: "Because I really started connecting the dots in our community, and I'd say to pastors, I'd say to people in organizations like the Urban League, I'd say I need help. I need your help."

Judge Hatchett said she knows this is more than a dream for her because her friend Jeffrey Canada has done it successfully with the Harlem Children's Zone in New York.

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