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ERIC Number: ED147391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-3
Pages: 12
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Black Families: A Source of National Strength.
Jefferson, Arthur M.
In this paper, Arthur Jefferson, the Executive Director of the Office of Criminal Justice Plans and Analysis, discusses crime in the black community and its effect on the black family. The literature on the impact of crime on the black family is not extensive; however, there is considerable information concerning crime in the black community in urban areas. This data is disturbing. Some of it suggests that crime contributes to the social disorganization of the poor black urban community. Juvenile crime in the black community threatens the security of black families and involves a large number of black youth in a justice system that seems to be incapable of treating their problems. A new development in juvenile crime has been the recent growth of gang related crime. Urban ghetto youth seem to use the gang structure to become an economic and social force in their communities through acts of extortion and violence. The single greatest cause of crime in black communities is unemployment. It is noted that crime will not diminish in the black community until unemployment diminishes. It is also argued that minority communities will not get a handle on their crime difficulties until those communities become mobilized to prevent crime. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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