Study shows lower crime by kids in summer job programs in Boston

PageLines- FOX_25_WFXT_Boston.pngBy Fox25 News

A new study by the Boston Fed found violent crime dropped by almost half among young people who attended at least one summer job program in Boston.

“We found a 35 percent reduction in violent crime and a 57 percent reduction in property crime,” said Alicia Sasser Modestino, the study’s author.

Boston 25 News has reported at least 10 shootings since July 1 in Roxbury, Mattapan and Dorchester and the end of June saw five arrests and the recovery of three loaded guns in just one night on the 27. Four of the suspects were 18 and under.

Researchers said it’s not just about keeping kids busy but having children learn the basics of conflict resolution.

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