Independent from Long Beach, California on April 5, 1963 · Page 17
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 17

Long Beach, California
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Friday, April 5, 1963
Page 17
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AMY rVd rttfier teAs a shoverT RFK Asks Delinquency Fight at 'Grassroots 9 By HENRY KEYS WASHINGTON (UPI) -Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy beEevej that one of the big- jest" problems facing the nation is Juvenile delinquency sisd it's a matter the federal Kennedy said that these figures came from a state in ·which delinquency rates have remained constant during the last five years. Most other government itself cannot states have rising rates. solve. Kennedy, who feels very strongly about the situation, I . ._ ___ sums it vp like this: "It has entir « ninth-grade class of its OXE LARGE city recently followed for four years the its roots in such things as school dropouts, broken homes, racial discrimination, slum housing «"j youth unemployment." The federal government cannot solve these problems. Our role is to encourage to offer assistance and to try to stimulate new local action... the fight is going to be won or -lost : level." at the grassroots KENNEDY constantly public schools. By the end o four years, 41 per cent o the 2,000 boys had a police record, he said. Other cities have found that in high-problem slum areas, this figuri reaches 75 to EO per cent Over one afllion youn^ people_ were arrested in 19S he said. This was therefore not a small, isolated problem. Kennedy s a i d he hai walked through New Yorl City slums end talked to id! Is youth "who think the cards pointing out the dangers of »* stacked against them." «t. _;.--»r-- ...... vs. t..,--- "Quite often they are righ They got behind in school am never caught up, so the dropped out. Many of them think that the only way they can ever achieve any succes is by getting into the rackets. the situation but his feelings were laid out in hard figures in a recent speech. ; The attorney general cited figures from a California survey "of thousands of delinquents as an example of the problem. The figures showed. fir of every 100 California young people aged 10 to 17 are? arrested each year. In one recent year 25 per cent of California's boys aged I6:and 17 were arrested for noirtraffie violations. Ten per cent of the boys in this age group were under the roper- 1 Their heroes are and racketeers," continued. mobster Kennedj vision of a probation depart- YET THE vast majority o these young people want 1 live decent lives. When mobilization-for -youth pro gram opened the doors of it work program last fall it was swamped Dropouts, ment Sity-one delinquents percent live in of homes which rent for less than $80 ** " somebody would gh ··* a month. ftFTY P E R C E N T have with applicani boys with polic records, gang members, nar tije'colics users -- hundreds them wanted to hold a decen them a hand," he said. Kennedy s a i d that th youth employment bin, now moved to new homes five before Congress, and the pro times since their birth. [posed domestic peace corj Siity-two percent have par- could help in rthabiliating d ents who are either not married,'or are separated or divorced, or one parent is dead. Twenty-three percent have no father in the home; 73 percent have records of persistent school misbehavior; IS percent have a drinking problem--and these are children under 18 years. Twenty-six percent Enquents. In addition, everj community has many won while programs which desen the rapport of every titiz he said. Country Dog SALISBURY, Southern Rho desia (UPI) -- Policemen a m have 'pealed to the public Thursda had psychiatric* or psycholo-jto help find their bloodhound gical care; 20 percent have.tracker dog. "He's an eice fathers with police records; lent tradter dog," a polic 23 percent have brothers and spokesman said. -But he's sisters with police records^blt of an oaf. He's not used 25 per cent have lived m fost- town work and has probab er homes. 'gone and hid somewhere." 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