Crime in Poverty
Poverty shares a close relationship with crime. Although criminals are not poor, it is true however that people living in poverty tend to commit more crimes. Poverty is the lack of food and shelter to maintain life. Today it is estimated that more than 35 million Americans—approximately 14 percent of the population—live in poverty. (Causes and Effects) People living in poverty seem to think they have good reasoning to commit crimes such as needing to provide for their families or themselves. The causes and effects of poverty are usually big factors that push people living in poverty to resort to crime.
The cause of poverty is many reasons. Minimum wage seems to become less and less causing more people to not make enough money to support their family. Along with minimum wage, comes the lack of affordable education for people to get higher paying jobs. Without an education degree of some sort it is almost impossible to find a decent paying job outside of the restaurant or retail industry. Most work places today require high school diploma, GED, or a college degree. College is not cheap, even community colleges. If a person wants to go back to school they have to spend a large amount of money to get the degree they want in order to get a higher paying job. However if someone is living in poverty, one cannot afford college. The government gives out loans and scholarships but if a person is not qualified for these, then they are out of luck.
The effects of poverty can be serious. If a child is brought up in a home living in poverty, they tend to have major health problems. Children living in poverty tend to miss school more often because of being sick. These children also have a much higher rate of accidents than other kids, and they are twice as likely to have impaired vision and hearing, iron deficiency anemia, and higher than normal levels of lead in the blood, which can impair brain function. (Causes and Effects)
Along with all the sickness of the children and other reasons, this can cause serious stress among a household. Poor families tend to have more stress then higher income families. When a family is struggling with money, it can be a very stressful environment. Not only can the children not go to school and receive an education, but also their parent cannot afford to get them medicine because of the lack of money. The parent then thinks they are not able to care for their family causing depression. All of this stress is unnecessary especially when the family needs to stay positive and hope for better results in the future. People of a poor family tend to believe they have “bad luck” more than a normal family because of all the negative events occurring in their lives.
Stress usually leads to acting out, which can sometimes mean committing a crime. Families living in poverty feel it is necessary to steal in order to provide for their family, especially if children are involved. Poor people are desperate. They are desperate for the necessities of life, which most people take for granted. They are also desperate for an escape from their awful situation. This need is the cause of crime in all its’ forms. Crime offers a way in which poor people can obtain goods that they cannot get on their own means. Imagine if you had hit rock bottom, no roof over your head, and no food to eat, how would you react? Any person would do whatever it takes to provide for their family. Some would stand tall despite the problems, but most would give in to the situation. This is why crime is quite popular in poverty because people are desperate to provide for their family.
However by saying there is a connection between crime and poverty, then it means that poor people are criminals and criminals are poor. Everyone shares the equal probability to commit a crime whether rich or poor. If a person is not enjoying life and were desperate to provide, they would be driven to commit a crime of some sort. Even...
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