1 year ago
Last edited at 1:50PM on 1/26/2013
You're kind of answering your own question.
But relative to delinquency rates (acting outside the allowed norms of an environment) I'm not sure it's such a clear distinction between economic classes. In other words, it may be the same percentage among wealthy people who commit crimes - it's just that their crimes are more easily hidden or receive softer punishments because they tend more towards "white collar" crimes. There's fewer of them so they get noticed less. Also, sometimes they don't even get prosecuted though they certainly should. Sometimes that's because the laws are rigged to not criminalize their bad deeds. Sometimes it's because they are educated how to maneuver on the edges of the law. The people at HSBC that were facilitating loans to those committing drug crimes and terrorism won't be prosecuted because the DOJ is afraid to. That's ridiculously unjust but the people committing those drug crimes in the streets still might.
144 has a good point, too, about conviction rates.
When growing up, the need of attention as a teen is high. Kids want to "belong" and when parents do not have the finance necessary to provide them with activities , they turn to attention from the same crowd, thus goes from there.....
Life is full of crime in the ghettos of america. If u grow up though all the influence its what u learn to do. Most turn to crime because its all they know to do for income. Its either that or working minimum wage. Or welfare. Those are means of hardly living at all. Noone asks to be born poor. Not an excuse to cause harm to others but if this whole country were poor there would be crime everywhere.
We are shaped by the environment we're raised in. Kids from poor neighborhoods are stuck on the outside while looking at better lives they think they can't have. Parents are mostly uneducated, underachievers, with low paying jobs, not good role models for these kids. These factors (and more) result in higher crime rates, gang families, and a lot of kids without the social skills or educational opportunities to improve their situations. There are many books and ongoing research on this subject, far more than can fit here. I hope this gives you a brief but useful overview.