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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Study Finds High Rate Of Imprisonment Among Dropouts

The New York Times
On any given day, about one in every 10 young male high school dropouts is in jail or juvenile detention, compared with one in 35 young male high school graduates, according to a new study of the effects of dropping out of school in an America where demand for low-skill workers is plunging.

The picture is even bleaker for African-Americans, with nearly one in four young black male dropouts incarcerated or otherwise institutionalized on an average day, the study said. That compares with about one in 14 young, male, white, Asian or Hispanic dropouts.
Researchers at Northeastern University used census and other government data to carry out the study, which tracks the employment, workplace, parenting and criminal justice experiences of young high school dropouts.
“We’re trying to show what it means to be a dropout in the 21st century United States,” said Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern, who headed a team of researchers that prepared the report. “It’s one of the country’s costliest problems. The unemployment, the incarceration rates — it’s scary.”
A coalition of civil rights and public education advocacy groups and a network of alternative schools in Chicago commissioned the report as part of a push for new educational opportunities for the nation’s 6.2 million high school dropouts.
“The dropout rate is driving the nation’s increasing prison population, and it’s a drag on America’s economic competitiveness,” said Marc H. Morial, the former New Orleans mayor who is president of the National Urban League, one of the groups in the coalition that commissioned the report. “This report makes it clear that every American pays a cost when a young person leaves school without a diploma.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thhese facts have been known for 50 years. No one has addressed the reasons why and how we got here. Wouldnt it be fair to say that the high unemployment rate is propably connected to all our companys and industrys of going overseas for there labor needs.
We hear the old reason of, PEOPLE HERE WONT DO THOSE JOBS??
We are now in an era where the CEO's of companys get millions of dollars off the top of the cost of a product, yet we go overseas so they can get cheap labor??
Maybe we need to go overseas to get a cheaper CEO??
Education is needed, but we will always have some dropouts in high schools. I think the vocational training should be expanded in high schools. College as we know it isnt for everyone.djw