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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