ERIC Number: ED476950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
When the School Bell Rings... Juvenile Crime or Constructive Time? After-School Programs Are the Answer.
Carpenter, Tim; Cornelius, Aisha; Francis, Ann Potter; Parsons, Lena
Noting that the after-school hours are peak hours for Illinois juveniles to be either victims of crime or involved in criminal activity, this report provides evidence that making quality after-school programs available to all youth who need them will reduce crime and provide constructive activities for youth. The report details statistics on arrests of or offenses by juveniles in Chicago and other Illinois cities on an hourly basis, illustrating that mid- and late-afternoon is the peak time for juvenile crime. Findings from various studies are summarized to illustrate that after-school programs reduce juvenile crime, drug use, smoking, drinking, teen sex, pregnancy, and truancy. The report notes that there are 2.19 million school-age children in Illinois, 70 percent of whom are in homes where both parents or the only parent are in the workforce. Despite three major funding sources for after-school programs in Illinois, there still is a huge unmet need. The report suggests improved coordination of existing funding sources at the local, state, and federal levels and increased financial commitment to after-school programs. The report closes with a call from the members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois to public officials to adopt a plan to close the after-school gap. (Contains 15 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, After School Programs, Childhood Needs, Crime, Delinquency, Incidence, Prevention, Public Policy, Victims of Crime, Youth Problems
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois, 220 South State Street, Suite 1215, Chicago, IL 60604. Tel: 312-986-9200; Fax: 312-922-2277; Web site: http://www.fightcrime.org. For full text: http://www.fightcrime.org/il.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Woods Fund of Chicago, IL.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.; Chicago Community Trust, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois