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Sarah Heller, Harold A. Pollack, Roseanna Ander, Jens Ludwig
This paper reports on results of a randomized controlled trial of an intervention for disadvantaged males in 7th-10th grade in high crime neighborhoods in Chicago. Two non-profits worked together to deliver regular interactions with a social worker, after school programs, and cognitive behavioral therapy to a random sample of these disadvantaged males. Participating in the program led to a 44% reduction in arrest for violent crime in the sample group. Participation also led to long term, statistically significant gains in education outcomes, including grades and test scores.
Given the low cost of the intervention per pupil (about $1,100) and low numbers of sessions attended, the gains in schooling performance and reduction in crime were surprisingly large. There is some question about whether the results could be replicated in a drastically different environment (i.e. suburban or rural), but the evidence seems argue that a policy supporting systematic intervention that pairs 1-1 time with a trained counselor with after school programming could result in a drop in crime in our urban areas, as well as improved performance of disadvantaged student. The results are hopeful, but more study is needed.
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