Reporting Craig Dellimore
CHICAGO (CBS) – A new study bolsters Mayor Emanuel’s argument that summer jobs programs for teenagers are helping to hold down the crime rate, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
A University of Chicago surveyed teens from grade 8 through 12 getting jobs and counseling through the City’s summer program. There was a 51 percent drop in violent crime arrests among them.
If you ask Mayor Emanuel about the others who were arrested, he says there are not enough resources to reach every student and he also points out that most of the kids in this year’s program previously had run-ins with the law.
“They stepped up themselves. They reached down and said I want to get to college. I want to get right. You can’t do this just because of these adults here. They’re doing a great job and I was doing theme earlier,” said Emanuel.
The Mayor says no program can take the place of parents.