Job Corps… The Federal work training program for low-income youth is now plagued by stunning crime and violence with thousands of violent and criminal incidents.
The program designed to provide better opportunities for at-risk youth has been plagued by stunning amounts of crime and violence, according to government reports.
The Job Corps program, overseen by the United States Department of Labor, racked up almost 50,000 safety and security incidents in a nearly 10-year span; including homicides, fights, drug-related incidents and more.
A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights alarming statistics for the program that’s considered the country’s largest residential, educational, career and technical training program for low-income youth. Between January 2007 and June 2016, Job Corps experienced a total of 49,836 safety and security incidents.
The total included 7,616 assaults, 6,073 drug-related incidents, 548 sexual assaults and four homicides on-site at the 125 centers across the country. Cindy Barnes Brown oversaw the GAO’s report as the director of the agency’s Education, Workforce and Income Security team. In an interview with Circa, she called the stats “alarming.”