By the age of 23, half of America’s young black men have been arrested (as have 40% of young white men. In 2001 Minneapolis MN (Hennepin County) arrested 44% of its adult black men (in one year). There were no duplicate arrests and 58% of those arrested went on to be arrested for a second crime within two years. 25% of youth (some as young as 11 & 12 years old) charged with crimes in this country are prosecuted as adults.
The absence of child friendly programs, harsh drug laws, and ignoring mental health and generational poverty have more to do with the racial disparity of school failure, packed prisons, and dangerous streets than anything else.
Paraphrasing Pliny The Elder, Greek Educator 2500 years ago; If we treated children better, they would treat us better.
or, as he stated it, “what we do to our children, they will do to society”
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If the War on Poverty was a failure—or alternatively, just a modest success—then it has a lot to do with the fact that we ignored segregation, pursued a ruinous War on Drugs, and refused to invest resources in the communities we engineered for failure.