Study: Summer jobs reduce crime

Posted by University of Pennsylvania on January 12, 2015

A recent University of Pennsylvania study found that Chicago’s summer job program lowers the rate of violent crimes among teens.

Those randomly chosen to receive the eight-week positions were arrested 43 percent fewer times than their peers. In addition, this gap continued to widen months after the program’s completion. The study shows that a relatively low-cost and short-term summer jobs program can have an outsize impact on communities.

To read an Inquirer story about the study, go here.

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