I wonder if there is strong correlation between poverty and crime. Or is it just that they just coincidentally coincide? I think not. I have firm convictions that crime has strong ties to poverty. The places that have the most poverty also have the highest crime rates. There is only one really good reason for this. When a person becomes despondent and the economic and social burdens of society become too much to bear you resort to one thing...crime!
Let me provide several possible scenarios:
Scenario number 1 -A younger male from an impoverished neighborhood has three children to feed and clothe. His wife cannot work because she is handicapped. He also has light bills and a mortgage to pay. He gets layed off from his job. He cannot find a job anywhere and public assistance does not suffice. They cut off his light and heat in the middle of winter. He is unable to carry out tasks such as laundry and buy food due to the financial deficiency. His last thought would be to rob because it is against his morals but he pensates it until he finally commits himself to robbing a convenient store. He commits the crime and gets jail time. He does his time in prison and is released. He still cannot find a job because of the negative stigma surrounding the word ex-con indicated on every job application he fills out. He begins to think about robbing again because he every job he applies for turns him down. Poverty breeds crime... and crime breeds more crime! It is a never ending cycle!
Scenario number 2- An older man in his 60s was a war veteran from Vietnam. He becomes homeless because the government didn't give him any housing when he got back from Vietnam and he has no family besides his estranged wife. He has no job and goes to various shelters in order to get a hot meal and a place to sleep.He has no healthcare and has to pay child support. On top of that he is a recovering drug addict. He is struggling with his drug addiction while trying to find the money for a dyre cancer surgery he needs. The pressure and stress is too much so he goes insane and he starts to hold people up and pickpocket people on the street and in the subway. A cop in the train spots him pick pocketing and he is cuffed and sent to jail.
Scenario number 3- A male teenager comes from a single mom household and the mom is barely making ends meet. He has disciplinary problems in school. As a result he starts having academic problems. They expel him because he is failing and because of his misbehavior. He needs to help out with the bills at home. So he deals drugs in order to bring in a steady income. He gets caught and gets prison time. (This is a big problem with the incarcerated male youth in today's prisons. They have nobody to guide them, teach them how to be a man, and be a good role model and so they commit crimes)
These are seperate scenarios where the the circumstances of these people's situations coerced them to partake in illegal activities. They did not want to commit these illicit acts yet had to do so in order to survive.
In an ideal society this would not happen because the economic resources would be evenly distributed. Or there would be more jobs available for people how desperately need them. I know what you are thinking....socialism. NO!!!!!!! I am talking about capitalism in moderation. Extreme capitalism, greed, egoism, and the fact that we are an independent society which focuses on the individual rather than the collective group don't help poverty neither. Until we create a financial system that that tries to distribute wealth more evenly, create better social programs, and jobs the status quo will remain inert. If change does not come about poverty will soar and crime will flourish! The cycle will perpetuate itself. Hopefully this new administration can revolutonize the way our finance in society functions