Essay about Camden County
This article is about the city of Camden and how they went from being a thriving city to a city that is now in economic crisis. The city has a population of 70,390 and is the poorest city in the nation (16). Camden has an unemployment rate of 30-40% and has an average household income of 24,600 (16). In the past …show more content…
Not only is Camden over run with the homeless but they have a problem with gangs running the town dictating everything that happens, “the city is dominated by an old-time party boss, George Norcross III…he decides who runs for office and who does not, who gets city and state contracts and which projects get funded”(16). The streets of Camden are not safe with most people owning guns; they had several children killed last year. The fact of the gangs is bad enough but they also have a problem with corrupt government officials with 3 of the former mayors being sent to prison in the last few decades. Also they had “five police officers, two of whom are out on bail and three of whom have pleaded guilty, have been charged with planting evidence, making false arrests and trading drugs for information from prostitutes”(16). Having corrupt cops has caused several guilty people to go free.
This county is truly in complete ruins and if Camden County does not make drastic changes they are going to become a ghost town in no time. Hedges