Tag Archives: incarceration

Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job

The short-term benefit is money in their pockets. The long-term benefits are improved educational, employment and health outcomes and reduced drug/alcohol use, arrest rates for violent crime and incarceration. Summer jobs for youth do more than save kids from boredom during their time off from school.   After generally trending downward since 1989, the labor […]

Treating Drug Addiction as a Health Issue, Not a Crime

An average of 125 people die a day from drug overdoses, primarily driven by prescription painkillers and heroin. That is more than car accidents. Overdoses have increased in nearly every county in the U.S. between 2002 and 2014. Heroin used to be primarily used by inner-city young men, but today suburban areas and the White […]

Million Dollar Blocks: The Cost of Incarceration in Chicago

Incarceration rates in Illinois have ballooned since the 1990s, with a prison population 50% higher today than in 1992, despite declining crime levels. In 2015, Illinois committed $1.4 billion to the Department of Corrections, an amount deemed ineffective and costly by researchers behind an initiative titled Chicago’s Million Dollar Blocks.   The Million Dollar Blocks project […]