Crime and Poverty in Richmond, Virginia

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Unemployment in the city limits further feeds the belly of poverty. Unemployment rates for Richmond in August 2013 were 8.2% (United States Department of Labor, 2013). These rates represent only those that are documented as unemployed and does not consider the “under employed” as they may be working but not getting paid for a full work week. These unemployment rates would likely be higher if they were accurate and all inclusive of the unemployed in Richmond. The unemployment rate for the entire state of Virginia was reported at 5.8% in August 2013 (United States Department of Labor). The unemployment rate is related to education. There are not enough good paying jobs to support those who did not finish basic high school. There are not…show more content…
Living in communities that are run down, neglected and forgotten takes a toll on all members of the community. This is especially true when residents witness new properties being erected around the city as their own neighborhoods are deemed “ghettos” and not receiving the investment necessary for improvements. Many of the low income housing that is available to city residents aren’t the most desirable properties as they may have structural deficiencies, lead paint, rats and roaches running amuck. Many older properties also do not have adequately functioning heat or hot water availability. The housing projects also do not have air conditioning. On hot days, having no cool break in addition to all the other negative social factors, this can be a deadly combination that may perpetuate frustrations and ultimately lead to violence. It is no secret that the city of Richmond has a major problem with drugs and drug dealing. Where there is demand, there will be supply. The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) is the local agency in charge of all operations related to Richmond’s public housing communities. In an effort to fight crime and drug dealing in these communities, the RRHA has developed strict policies that ban anyone with drug convictions from their private properties. Although this may appear to be a great crime fighting strategy, we cannot ignore the fact that crime just doesn’t go away because of laws or
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