Report: Lack of Jobs = High Crime

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(Special from NorthStarNews Today) – Ex-convicts have a difficult time getting jobs once they are released from jail or prison because of their involvement in the criminal justice system.

But jobs and other social service-support systems that are key to stabilizing their lives so they don’t return to crime are scarce and disappearing.

These are some of the conclusions reached in the research report, titled “Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence: A Road Map for Safer Communities”, reported and written by the Urban Institute, The Joyce Foundation and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a think tank for Black-elected officials based in Washington, D.C.

The headline of one of the report’s sections is “Disinvestments in Communities of Color Reinforces Cycles of Violence.”

Urban Institute, Joyce Foundation and Joint Center members met with more than 100 community leaders in Richmond, Va., Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Stockton, Calif., to discuss violence plaguing their cities and how to end it.

“Across all three cities, participants noted a systemic lack of investment in communities of color, particularly in services needed to help people at high risk of engaging in violence become productive members of their neighborhoods,” the report said. “Representatives from government agencies and nonprofits reported substantial challenges finding and sustaining the resources needed to maintain social service programs that help formerly incarcerated people and those at high risk of committing violence.

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