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Northeastern University

Expand Job Corps to prevent Freddie Grays

Expand Job Corps to prevent Freddie Grays

Events in Baltimore remind us that the dropout-to-prison pipeline costs us all. What most of us don't realize is how much it costs: trillions of dollars in uncollected taxes and unearned income that never enters the economy. A 2010 study by Northeastern University estimates the loss in unpaid taxes over a single dropout's lifetime at $250,000. Right now we lose taxes from 3 million dropouts a year. That's a $750 billion lifetime cost, for just one year of dropouts. A decade of dropouts means $7.5 trillion from Americans who will never earn wages and pay taxes. That's a lot of revenue lost. And a lot of Americans also, lost. Yet we don't notice this, because these...