"Students at the all-boys Hales Franciscan High School are fighting - and beating - the odds. In the last four years, all of the school's graduates have been admitted to college. But statistics show that black men and boys in Chicago are more than likely than any other group to drop out of high school, get arrested, spend time in jail or prison - or be victims of homicides." Alden Loury examines the situation facing black men in Chicago by looking at his life and experiences. Loury finds that many black men aren't as fortunate as him; black men in Cook County are 17 times more likely to go to prison than a white man. Loury also cites a 1995 study by The Sentencing Project that says that on any given day almost one in three black men in their 20s is in jail, prison, on probation or parole. Loury also discovers hope for young black men in a number of programs around Chicago designed to give young black males much needed role models.
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