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Poverty Causes Crime

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Jayme Whipple

on 23 January 2015

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Transcript of Poverty Causes Crime

Poverty Crime
~ Crime causes poverty or poverty causes crime?

~ Dangerous neighborhoods do not attract customer

~ Invest more money on prisons would solve both problems?

Crimes from Poverty
Were these crimes committed because of poverty?

How do people in poverty have a higher incarceration rate then other people?

Does poverty put a burden on the economic gains of the US?

How is poverty a motive for crime?

If poverty isn't a reason for this crime what is?
Is it really about the money?
~ Common arguments against poverty causing crime is that they don't commit the crime because they have to, but rather they want to

~ Or is it an underlying issue that happens to resurface after some sort of event?

~Or is family traits to blame?

~Crime can and is caused by many things, but poverty is one of the biggest.

~Poverty acts as a trigger, and when rock bottom is hit, it changes people's behaviors
Historical View
~Don Wallace and Drew Humphries investigated crime rates in twenty-three cities between 1950 and 1971, and they realized that industrial cities had lost jobs, suffered high unemployment, faced large numbers of new migrants, and had much higher levels of murder, robbery, auto theft, and burglary.

~In the 1980s, crime became an increasingly worrisome problem in both rural and suburban areas as millions of workers lost their jobs, the manufacturing sector was devastated, and real wages fell dramatically.

~In 1910s and 1920s the immigrant's neighborhoods had extremely high rates of street crime but, after the New Deal in the 1930s and the early postwar period in the 1940s, which expanded the consumer economy, the immigrants involvement in street crime decreased.

Poverty in the United States
The US has a poverty rate of 15.8 percent, that's 49 million people including 15.9 million children.
Approximately 37,000 homeless people die due to starvation, freezing, etc. every year.
High rates of poverty hurt everyone in the US, child poverty alone is estimated to cost the government $500 billion in increased health care costs and higher criminal justice spending.
Children growing up in poverty have lower abilities to get into good school, they have a heavier reliance on public benefits and they have higher incarceration rates which means that they will most likely not grow up to be good contributors to our economy.
Laws, Policies, and Regulation
~ In the U.S. being labeled "poor" is only applicable to families that meet certain requirements.

~Programs such as; food stamps, Medicaid, Child Nutrition and WIC, and SNAP basics

~ If they do qualify, the help being received isn't always enough to keep afloat

~ In America, a family needs twice the federal poverty level to afford basic needs

~ What would you do if your family is left starving everyday?
Poverty Causes Crime
By: Jayme Whipple, Annika Goozen, Maria Oliveira
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