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Juvenile crime fell during 'Furlough Fridays,' study says

By Associated Press


Economists say juvenile assault and drug-related arrests on Oahu declined during the 2009-2010 school year when Hawaii furloughed teachers and cancelled classes for 17 Fridays to save money during the recession. 

University of Hawaii economist Timothy Halliday said today that research conducted with two fellow economists shows Honolulu police made 1.2 fewer juvenile arrests for assault per day and about one fewer juvenile arrest for drug-related crimes per day on "Furlough Fridays."

The results confirm research by other scholars showing assaults by juveniles tend to drop when students aren't in school. But Halliday isn't aware of other studies showing drug-related crimes also decline.

The results appear in a working paper the economists aim to publish. 

Halliday says the study may help administrators, teachers and lawmakers discuss how to prevent school crime.

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saburo wrote:
There were one fewer arrests for drug-related crimes per day against juveniles during furlough Fridays because the students weren't in school to have gotten caught by their teachers. Instead they were smoking or drinking at a park or beach where no one would catch them. Doesn't mean that the students weren't doing drugs.
on October 3,2013 | 03:08PM
Tarakian wrote:
Or perhaps, the study shows that furloughed parents were home watching their kids. And furloughed employees stayed home, thus there were less unoccupied homes to burglarized?
on October 3,2013 | 03:15PM
Anonymous wrote:
Very good points, Tarakian.
on October 3,2013 | 09:09PM
mcc wrote:
Prevent crime, furlough teachers.
on October 3,2013 | 04:05PM
Tony96822 wrote:
Furlough everyone on Friday.
on October 3,2013 | 05:57PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Lots of people work for The Federal, The State and The City, so all those branches of government need to work together a plan to see if a flex schedule can be made such that traffic can be reduced. Excuse me if I use "be" too much as I was not an English Major.
on October 3,2013 | 08:43PM
mikethenovice wrote:
That's because nobody is keeping track on Friday.
on October 3,2013 | 10:28PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Sounds like peer pressure at school. That's why some parents want the option of home school instead of the government forcing the kids to a infested drug area.
on October 3,2013 | 10:30PM
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