Steve Scher talks to UW Sociology professor Robert Crutchfield about the research in his new book ,"Get A Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity, And Crime."
One argument for raising the minimum wage is that better pay will tie a person to the work in a positive way. More pay could give a worker hope that they will be able to build a better life for themselves and their family. Research shows that kids will pick up on that hope and be less likely to commit crimes.
Crutchfield has worked as a parole agent and a juvenile probation officer. His research focuses on the connections between labor markets, economic opportunity and crime. Basically, he says, a good job reduces crime.
Ross Reynolds speaks with Anna King, inland correspondent for the Northwest News Network, about the recent discovery by engineers that a 50-year-old math error is to blame for a large crack in the Wanapum Dam.
Ross Reynolds speaks with Jack Wilson, executive director of Metro Parks Tacoma, about how a Parks District differs from a Parks Department. Tacoma has had a parks district since April 1907; Seattle voters will decide whether to establish a Seattle Park District in August 2014.
Ross Reynolds sits down with former interim Police Chief Jim Pugel to reflect on his 31 year career with the Seattle Police Department, the future of policing and his current work with the Open Society Foundation.
Ross Reynolds talks with Caryn Andrews, Citizens of the Ebey's Reserve co-founder, about her group's complaints over the military planes that fly low and register at over 110 decibels. Reynolds also speaks with Captain Michael Nortier from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station about the military's response and why they won't be moving the planes anytime soon.
Ross Reynolds talks to Seattle Police Chief candidate Kathleen O'Toole about low-level crime enforcement and her experience working with the Justice Department. O'Toole is one of the three candidates for Seattle Police Chief. Mayor Ed Murray will announce his final decision on Monday.