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Medical News and Perspectives
August 6, 2003

Programs Target Youth Violence Prevention

JAMA. 2003;290(5):585-586. doi:10.1001/jama.290.5.585

San Francisco—When 23-year-old Carlos was murdered, his probation officer and others who had been trying to help the young offender stay out of trouble explored what had gone wrong.

"I set up five job interviews for Carlos," his probation officer said. "He never showed up." "Carlos knew he wouldn't get the job," a street worker retorted. "He couldn't read or write."

That experience put literacy on the checklist for new enrollees in the Philadelphia, Pa, Youth Violence Reduction Project (YVRP). Those who need tutoring get it, Paul Fink, MD, of Temple University School of Medicine and YVRP's consulting psychiatrist, reported at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association here in May.

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