Cycles of Poverty and Crime in America's Inner Cities [NOOK Book]

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Despite the best hopes of the past half century, black urban pathologies persist in America. The inner cities remain concentrations of the uneducated, unemployed, underemployed, and unemployable. Many fail to stay in school and others choose lives of drugs, violence, and crime. Most do not marry, leading to single-parent households and children without a father figure. The cycle repeats itself generation after generation.

It is easy to argue that nothing works, given the policy ...

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Cycles of Poverty and Crime in America's Inner Cities

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Overview

Despite the best hopes of the past half century, black urban pathologies persist in America. The inner cities remain concentrations of the uneducated, unemployed, underemployed, and unemployable. Many fail to stay in school and others choose lives of drugs, violence, and crime. Most do not marry, leading to single-parent households and children without a father figure. The cycle repeats itself generation after generation.

It is easy to argue that nothing works, given the policy failures of the past. For Lewis D. Solomon, fatalism is not acceptable. A complex and interrelated web of issues plague inner-city black males: joblessness; the failure of public education; crime, mass incarceration, and drugs; the collapse of married, two-parent families; and negative cultural messages. Rather than abandon the black urban underclass, Solomon presents strategies and programs to rebuild lives and revitalize America’s inner cities. These approaches are neither government oriented nor dependent on federal intervention, and they are not futuristic.

Focusing on rehabilitative efforts, Solomon describes workforce development, prisoner reentry, and the role of nonprofit organizations. Solomon’s strategies focus on the need to improve the quality of America’s workforce through building human capital at the socioeconomic bottom. The goal is to enable more people to fend for themselves, thereby weaning them from dependency on public sector handouts. Solomon shows a path forward for inner-city black males.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412846912
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 0
  • Pages: 171
  • File size: 628 KB

Meet the Author

Lewis D. Solomon is Van Vleck Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. A prolific author on legal, business, public policy, and religious topics, he has written widely in areas of social and scientific policy that deal with legal issues.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 The Abyss in America's Inner Cities 7

2 Current Federal Rehabilitative Workforce Development and Prisoner Reentry Policies and Programs: An Overview 29

3 Near-Term Strategies, Programs, and Policies: Nonprofit Approaches to Rehabilitate the Disconnected and the Formerly Incarcerated 69

4 Intermediate-Term Preventive Strategies, Programs, and Policies to Facilitate Skills Training in High Schools and Alternative Venues 109

5 Conclusion: The Need to Rethink Three Policies 141

Index 157

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