I am participating in a study of the connection of crime and poverty at my school. CCNTH or Central Coast New Tech High. I read your report and would like to ask you a question. What types of crime is related more to poverty? Like mugging, drug dealing, or other? Pleas reply back to me through Email or other. Thank you
From: Skyler Regan
I appreciate your eagerness to learn more about this topic. The previous information that I provided is from various individuals and sites and not just from me alone. I can however, provide you with some information on crime and poverty in Washington State. Attached are the arrest rates for youth 10-17 years old in our state for 2007, 20010, 2011, and 2012. I have also attached a cost benefit to crime ration for your review as well. And most importantly, I have attached a school to prison pipeline concept paper to this email for your review.
Department of Health & Human Services, “the 2011 Poverty Guidelines are $10,890 for a single member household and $22,350 for a family of four” (par 13).
In the countries where the social discrimination factor isn’t very strong, results have shown that less education meant more criminal offenses ranging from property crime to “casual” theft and drug-related offenses (again, mostly theft). But not violence. It appears that in fact, poverty itself is more tied with violence, criminal damage and also drug use – as a catalyst for violence.
There are huge consequences of this kind of research for public policy and the positive impact of keeping children in school and reducing poverty. But for that we would need governments to actually read the research their universities produce! It shouldn’t seem like too much of a stretch to argue that having kids actually graduate from school will in itself contribute to reduce poverty, no?
Others claim that society has been viewing violent images for decades without problems and that giving individuals the excuse that one could be brainwashed into committing a crime by mass media leaves the door wide open for crimes without fear of consequence....
This brings up the very interesting person-situation debate. Those who believe that situations determine behaviors are likely to also hold beliefs like poverty and lack of education results in criminal activity. Blame is placed on lack of government support or societal influences rather than the person performing the criminal act. As Funder puts it, “If the situation can really be all powerful, then nothing we do is really our fault” (Funder, 2015, pg.143).
Though there is a correlation between poverty and crime, causality can be debated depending on one’s beliefs about situationism.
Funder, D. (2015). The personality puzzle. (7th ed.). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
I found an article about extreme Income Differences in Fairfield County CT. I know health and lifestyle are affected, as well as hunger and education levels. I was wondering if involvement in gangs, crime or the Judicial System would be affected by Poverty as well.
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My point is to say how can we not notice the environment that folks are born into, especially when folks who don’t have any of these predictors almost never become gang members. Remember, I am not excusing being a gang member, but just asking folks to consider what a child could become if you removed (unless we find a way for newborns to buy a house, get his/her parents back together, eliminate access to drugs in the neighborhood, get other kids to stop doing crime, etc.) some of these poverty related predictors from the equation. Thanks and happy reading!
After studying this materials for years I realize that not only was I and all of my 9 brothers and sisters born with at least 17 of these precursor’s, but so was every single person in our neighborhood. Obviously some folks grew up to become gang members, drug addicts, prostitutes, etc. And I will not say that every single persons choice was based on poverty, but it is very rare that a rich child ends up a gang member or involved in anything related to crime.
Thank you for your time and consideration of the information I have posted. My intent is to cause debate, so as to further the conversation around poverty and crime. In addition to what I have already stated, please consider [Citation: OJJDP, Authors: Hill, Lui, and Hawkins. Dec, 2001.]