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No kidding? Study finds solution to crime and poverty is a job

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/ ASSOCIATED PRESS

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/ ASSOCIATED PRESS

There is a shocking solution to the crisis of high unemployment and crime that have plagued young black men in the inner cities for generations — a job.

According to the New York Times black millennials, in particular, have been suffering. Nearly 50 percent of all 20- to 24-year-old black men in Chicago were neither employed nor enrolled in school as of 2014. Among black teens between the ages of 16 and 19, the number was a staggering 89 percent.

High levels of poverty and crime have eroded any form of the middle class in most inner city black neighborhoods, destroying the infrastructure to support small businesses.

Research from 2014 by the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the University of Pennsylvania show that a job can deter a young person from falling into a life of crime.

Any conservative could have come up with that solution and saved money on the study.

Students from high-crime, high-poverty neighborhoods were placed in an eight-week summer work program for non-profit and government jobs.

Researchers followed up with the students for a total of 16 months and found that the millennials who had summer jobs were 43 percent less likely to be arrested in connection with violent crimes than those who didn’t join the work program.

Chicago is expected to expand the program by to 3,000 students in 2016.

Hopefully, the New York Times and Democratic officials will next realize the relationship between poverty and single motherhood.


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